HC to BMC: Remove fire brigade at Priyadarshani Park


Mumbai: A Bombay High Court division bench of chief justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Mahesh Sonak on Monday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to remove the temporary shed in Priyadarshani Park which was constructed by the civic body and also to remove a fire tender parked inside the compound since June 14.

The bench also directed to restore the jogging and walking tracks inside the 20-acre playground maintained by the Malabar Hill Citizen’s Forum.

The directive came after a report of the court commissioners revealed the shed and fire tender had obstructed the jogging and walking tracks inside the ground and damaged them. The report said the tracks had been substantially encroached upon by the shed.

The court was hearing a petition filed by the forum.

Earlier the bench of the high court had ordered the BMC to maintain status quo ante as prevailing before the shed was constructed and fire tender was brought on the ground. But this order had not been complied with, and instead civic officials were adamant that part of the ground was required for fire station.

The BMC had previously argued that an area measuring 5,000 sqm has been shown in the development plan of the city as reserved for the fire brigade, and it plans to construct a fire station there.

The judges were peeved more after senior counsel Anil Sakhare began arguing that the jogging and walking tracks were not shown in the sanctioned layout for the ground, and finally the civic body made a statement it will immediately remove the temporary shed and the fire tender after the judges warned they will send the civic officials concerned to jail for contempt of the court.