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Consider airlifting Hanuman statue to remove congestion: Delhi HC

A bench of the Delhi high court gave the suggestion while hearing a PIL by an NGO seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in Capital’s Karol Bagh area.

delhi Updated: Nov 21, 2017 17:04 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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The illuminated statue of Lord Hanuman on the eve of Hanuman Jayanti at Karol Bagh in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Anguished over illegal constructions in the national capital, the Delhi high court suggested to the local authorities on Monday to consider “airlifting” of the 108-foot Hanuman statue in central Delhi to remove the encroachments around it.

Observing that entire skyscrapers have been relocated completely in the United States, a bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar gave the suggestion while hearing a PIL by an NGO seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the Karol Bagh area in the city.

“Consider if the statue can be airlifted. Speak to the LG. You know, in the US, entire skyscrapers are shifted as a whole,” it said.

The court also said if the civic bodies could “at even one place show that the law was being enforced, “the mindset of the people of Delhi would change”.

It said enough opportunities have been given to the municipal corporations to enforce the law “but no one wants to do it”.

The matter came up before the bench today as the local authorities were seeking a modification with regard to the police station which would be responsible for implementing the court’s November 15 direction to remove encroachments from the area.

After modifying the order, the court listed the matter for hearing on November 24.

First Published: Nov 21, 2017 14:46 IST