Highlighting poor state of the Rose Garden in Sector 16 here after three day fest got over on February 19, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday put Chandigarh administration on notice on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking restoration of1967-built grandeur.
The petition was filed by a senior citizen and a city resident, RD Anand, on which the high court bench of justice SS Saron and justice Sneh Prashar has sought response by March 8.
The direction has been sought in the petition to restrain the administration in holding such activities during the festival or make other alternative measure so that beauty of the place is not marred.
The court was told that since last year and even this year, in recently concluded Rose Festival the administration ‘insensitively’ permitted stalls of eatables and other commodities in the garden thus making it a huge ‘flea market’ kind losing the entire beauty and grandeur of the place.
Referring to the news reports, Anand had said that after the festival was over, the garden was all over found littered with waste, he said, seeking direction that respondents be directed to restore the garden in its original form and shape.
The court was told that huge areas in the garden was brought under tents/kiosks where various cultural activities apart from stalls of foods, drinks/joy rides, etc, were conducted during the fair.
“The festival seemed to be highjacked by private interests of the individuals looking to make quick buck.
No criteria seems to have been applied in setting up kiosks and no responsibility of any business personal was fixed for taking care of the littering, etc, which was left behind after the festival,” he had submitted arguing that it was the responsibility of the administration to use the places as they have been carved out for.
The garden is spread over 30 acres and has over 1,600 variety of roses.