BMC on Thursday told Bombay high court that the allotment of land for Balasaheb Thackeray memorial is valid. The bench was hearing two petitions filed by activist Bhagwanji Rayani and NGO Jan Mukti Morcha. The petition was challenging the state government’s decision. As the decision was to convert the mayor’s bungalow at Shivaji Park, Dadar. The bungalow is getting converted into a memorial to the Shiv Sena founder.
In this case, the petitioner told the HC that the BMC has given its land for the memorial on a nominal lease rent. Moreover, the rent is of Re 1 per annum for a period of 30 years without any reserved price. However, the BMC explained the allotment by an affidavit. Moreover, the affidavit is filed by Parag Masurkar, Assistant Commissioner.
Furthermore, the affidavit states “The plot in question at Shivaji Park has been allotted to Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Trust. The rent is at a nominal rate of Re 1 per year for a lease period of 30 years. Because it is considering the aims and objectives for social and public purposes,”. Thus, the approval for land for Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak stands still.
Moreover for supporting the decision, government counsel Milind Seth released a statement. He said “Unless there is a violation of law or rules, the state government’s decision to set up a memorial for a revered person. This cannot be put under judicial review.” In this case, the petition was posted after two weeks for hearing by the bench.