Civic, police chief will restore Shivaji Park after immersions
Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal and Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya have filed their respective undertakings with the Bombay High Court, assuring the court that Shivaji Park would be restored to its original form after it is used for vehicle parking during Ganpati immersion days.
The undertakings were given in pursuant to the high court order of September 9, after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sought permission to use Shivaji Park for parking vehicles on four days — September 15, 16, 17 and 22.
Kshatriya’s undertaking states that the ground would be restored to its original condition as it was on September 14, the day before being used for parking vehicles.
Dayal’s undertaking states that they have demarcated portions of the ground, which would be used for parking. The portion where sprinklers were installed recently has been left out. Also, cricket pitches would be left out “so as to avoid any damage”. It adds that parking to the possible extent would be done from the periphery of the ground subsequently advancing towards the central areas as per the need and exigency arising on immersion days.
Earlier, the high court had restrained entry of vehicles inside the park following a PIL filed by Wecom trust.
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