BMC can complete pathway at Shivaji Park: High court
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday gave the green signal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to complete the pathway, work on which was left halfway after the high court had issued a stay order.mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:44 IST
The revamped walkway at Shivaji Park, which is part of its beautification plan, will be soon completed.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday gave the green signal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to complete the pathway, work on which was left halfway after the high court had issued a stay order.
On Wednesday Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MLA Nitin Sardesai filed an application seeking that the BMC be allowed to complete the pathway so that people could jog or walk at Shivaji Park.
His lawyer argued that as the tiles on part of the pathway were removed, people were unable to use it.
On April 28, the high court has stayed further beautification work of Shivaji Park after businessman Durgesh Warty (47) and set designer Manoj Govekar (31) filed a public interest litigation alleging that the BMC had awarded the contract for beautification of the grounds without inviting tenders.
The corporation had awarded a contract of Rs 3.15 crore to Valson and Karan Builders and of Rs 1.23 crore to Ana Associates on March 3 and March 25 respectively.
According to the PIL, the contracts were issued by the BMC under section 73(3) of the BMC Act, which can be invoked only in case of emergencies.
While hearing Sardesai’s application on Wednesday, the division bench of Justice F.I. Rebello and Justice R.V. More allowed the completion of the renovation of the pathway. However, the court clarified that the order of construction is only for the pathway.
The court also directed the BMC to give allow the petitioners to inspect the relevant documents.