Shivaji Park ground be­longs to ci­ti­zens, not Sena, MNS: HC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aye­sha Arvind

MUM­BAI: Tak­ing a rather strict stand on ‘en­croach­ment’ of open pub­lic spa­ces in the guise of or­gan­is­ing pub­lic func­tions or events, the Bom­bay high court on Fri­day said open spa­ces such as the Shivaji Park ground in Dadar “did not be­long to the Shiv Sena, the MNS or any other po­lit­i­cal party or or­gan­i­sa­tion. In­stead, it be­longed solely to the peo­ple, to the res­i­dents of Mum­bai.”

A bench of jus­tice VM Kanade and jus­tice Nu­tan Sardes­sai said “no or­gan­i­sa­tion could claim a right to the open spa­ces in the city,” and di­rected the Ma­ha­rash­tra govern­ment to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing se­nior state of­fi­cials, mu­nic­i­pal sec­re­taries and some mem­bers of civil so­ci­ety “to con­sider find­ing an al­ter­nate spot” to hold large-scale events like Dr BR Ambed­kar’s death an­niver­sary and to “en­sure that the Shivaji Park ground re­mains free of en­croach­ments from next year on­wards.”

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