The Shiv Sena will be able to go ahead with the inauguration of the partly beautified portion of Shivaji Park on April 30 and prepare it for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Samyukta [united] Maharashtra on May 1.
The Bombay High Court has allowed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to hold the function with the part of the beautification project that is already complete.
A division bench of Justice F.I. Rebello and Justice Amjad Sayed, however, clarified that the fate of the rest of the project will be subject to the final orders of the court.
The high court had, on Wednesday, directed the BMC to maintain status quo in the beautification project following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by two citizens. The revamped park was to be inaugurated on April 30.
The BMC filed an urgent affidavit seeking modification of the order and allowing the inauguration of the partly beautified park. The affidavit filed by Narayan Pai, assistant municipal commissioner of G/North Ward, said the BMC has completed the construction of one wall and one mural depicting the coronation ceremony of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. “Only the cleaning and polishing of the mural is left,” the affidavit states.
Businessman, Durgesh Warty (47), and art designer, Manoj Govekar (31), had filed a PIL alleging that the corporation had awarded the contract for the park’s beautification without inviting tenders.
The corporation had awarded contracts to M/s Valson and Karan Builders for Rs 3.15 crore and M/s Ana Associates for Rs 1.23 crore on March 3 and March 25 respectively.
The BMC’s affidavit justifies the meeting at the Mayor’s bungalow on March 10 where it was decided to give the contract for the murals to M/s Ana Associates. The affidavit states that it was an “informal sanction of the standing committee”.
Girish Godbole, senior counsel for the petitioners, opposed the “informal sanction” saying, “The meeting was even attended by Diwakar Raote, MLA from Shiv Sena, who has nothing to do with corporation.”
The high court will hear the PIL on May 5.