In a move aimed at saving the city’s greens, Delhi High Court on Wednesday made it clear to civic agencies that parks owned by them cannot be let out for hosting social events like marriages or converted into community halls.
The MCD and DDA have been asked to come up with a plan within four weeks for construction of community halls for holding such events to prevent misuse of parks.
A bench of Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna passed the direction on a PIL filed by Patanjali Shiksha Sansthan, an NGO, seeking the court’s intervention to direct the MCD and DDA not to violate the Master Plan
The petitioner alleged that despite repeated orders from the Supreme Court and the high court to maintain the demarcated areas for parks, the MCD granted permission to citizens to use parks for marriage and other social events. “Ornamental park meant for recreation are being misused by the agencies concerned for earning money,” they contended.
“Do not convert the parks into community halls. Construct more community halls for marriage functions,” said the court.
The MCD counsel told the court that the civic body has proposed construction of 55 halls. He claimed more halls have been built in the past few years and the MCD allows weddings to be held in only 37 parks as no community halls exist in those localities.
The court took note of the contention that civic agencies have violated the law in allowing parks to be used for social events and that the majority of parks have either been converted into community halls or are being let out for events like marriages.