One of city’s largest playgrounds can now be officially used to host Gudi Padwa and Republic Day celebrations among others. The Shiv Sena annual Dussehra rally will also be allowed to take place at the ground.
The state has decided on cultural and religious activities that can be carried out at Shivaji Park for 45 days, when it can be used for activities other than sports. Out of these 45 days, the state has kept six days for its discretionary use. This means the ground can be used for more political rallies.
In a government order issued on Wednesday, the urban development department has clarified the civic body will have to grant permission for these uses to the organisers taking into consideration the Noise Pollution Rules 2000 and the high court order in the matter, since the park falls in the silence zone.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had sought permission for the availability of the playground for Marathi Language Day and Gudi Padwa, while ISKON had sought the use of the ground for Rath Yatra, the annual chariot festival of Jagannath.
The state had amended the section 37 A of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, to allow activities other than sports at Shivaji Park playground to clear Sena’s Dussehra rally in 2014.
The state had to notify 45 days when the ground would be available for such uses. According to a high court order, 34 days were finalised including Republic Day, Independence Day, Ganesh festival. The remaining days were finalised after the department sought applications from the public last November.