Thackeray memorial needs to be constructed by preserving biodiversity: Bombay HC

Thackeray memorial should be constructed by preserving biodiversity: Bombay HC

THE AURANGABAD bench of the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Wednesday directed the Aurangabad authorities that the memorial to honour late Bal Thackeray ought to come up “in the absolute best method by greenery and the biodiversity being preserved”.

The memorial is prone to be accomplished by December 2022.

The HC steered the formation of a committee headed by Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner, composed of District Collector, Municipal Commissioner/Administrator together with environmental consultants amongst others to make sure the preservation of ecology within the stated space.

The courtroom handed an order whereas listening to a PIL elevating issues over slicing of numerous bushes in a backyard for establishing the memorial, claiming that the identical would trigger severe injury to the ecological setting. The bench additionally enumerated detailed pointers pertaining to development, entry and upkeep of the memorial.

A division bench of Justice Ravindra V Ghuge and Justice Sanjay G Mehere in a earlier listening to within the PIL by one Yogesh Raosaheb Bharsakhale had famous that each one events to the PIL ought to make sure the memorial is introduced up in a “splendid method”. The bench had thought-about a report submitted by a panel of three legal professionals, who visited the positioning.

It had requested the authorities to make sure the greenery within the Priyadarshini Udyan space, the place the memorial is being constructed, is enhanced by defending present bushes and planting new bushes.

On December 8, the courtroom noticed that whereas there are a number of non-native species of bushes, together with Nilgiri, Gulmohar, Subabhul, Giri Pushpa and so forth accessible contained in the premises — which have a shorter span of life and don’t contribute to the flourishing of biodiversity — they needn’t be chopped or up-rooted at this stage.

“We direct that these bushes shall stay their regular life span and solely after they die or has grown in a harmful method, which is prone to trigger hurt to human beings, that such a tree may very well be changed with a local tree. It could allow the greenery to be maintained, and such bushes would be capable of stay their regular life span,” the bench famous.

It added, “We don’t doubt that each one concerned on this PIL have a standard will and need that the memorial ought to come up in the absolute best method and needs to be a vacationer attraction. On this endeavour to make sure that the greenery is maintained and bio-diversity is preserved.”

Whereas the lawyer for the civic physique sought disposal of the PIL, the courtroom refused to just accept the request stating that it could not eliminate the plea till all the venture is full as it could proceed to ask options from the stakeholders.

The bench additionally laid down the rules stating that there shouldn’t be any meals courtroom or particular VIP entrance gate within the premises and directed altering location of bathrooms, erection of road lamps, set up of CCTV and enough safety to keep away from untoward incidents in future.

It additionally directed the authorities to make inside strolling tracks of 12.5 ft (almost 4 meters) as a substitute of 20 ft to keep away from pointless use of land, plantation of native bushes, provision of meals and nests (shelters) for birds, prohibition of picnic/events or smoking, consumption chewing tobacco, gutkha and different intoxicants contained in the premises.

The HC posted additional listening to within the matter to December 17.

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