The BJP led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is pushing for installation of a 141-feet (42.97 metres) Lord Krishna statue in west Delhi despite its executive wing rejecting the proposal.
The executive wing had rejected it stating it does not erect structures of religious nature and it may adversely impact urban design of the area.
“I have asked MCD commissioner to reconsider the matter,” said Ram Kishan Singhal, chairman of MCD’s standing committee.
The proposal of installing the statue was sent by the MCD’s standing committee to the municipal commissioner around three years back seeking a report on the issue. It related to giving permission to Shri Krishna Janmashtami Mahautsav Committee to install the statue at Janmashtami Park of MCD in Punjabi Bagh.
The commissioner had constituted a panel consisting of concerned departmental heads in May this year to give a final verdict on the project. The committee report raised objections on several grounds. It said the ‘statue is religious in nature’ and the civic agency normally install statues of freedom fighters and national leaders.
It said raised questions about the statue’s size and structural stability especially in view of the seismic zone of Delhi and noted that ‘this kind of huge structure may require urban design exercise so as to merge in the environment.”
“The committee has strong objection with specific reference to its height, volume and structural profile,” states the report. The report further pointed out that expert opinion from bodies like Indian national Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, DDA and Delhi Urban Arts Commission should be taken. The report also questioned the possible ‘distorting impact on surrounding traffic’ in the area.