The Supreme Court on Friday ordered all the state governments and union territories not to grant permission for installing statues or constructing any structure on public roads and pavements.
An apex court bench gave the directive while dealing with an application against the Kerala government that permitted installation of a statue of a leader on the Kanyakumari national highway.
It ordered status quo on the installation work of the statue and restrained the state government from passing any order to permit such an activity in the future.
The court took strong objection to the state allowing erection of a statue at a traffic island on the national highway. “Under which provision have you permitted it on a highway?” the bench asked the state counsel who justified the installation, citing erection of statues at roundabouts and parks in Delhi.