Seek state nod for Shivaji Park events: HC

Bombay High Court (HC) said Friday it will henceforth not hear pleas to organise functions at Shivaji Park and asked the state government to issue a fresh notification instead of listing the 30 events in a year that could be held at the ground.

HC was hearing a petiition by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to hold a rath yatra at the ground. While the court allowed the function from January 8 to 13, it asked ISKCON to approach the state the next time. A division bench of justices Mohit Shah and Anoop Mohta told the state to invite applications for events at the ground in Dadar and to finalise a list by November.

After HC directed in May 2010 that Shivaji Park be made a silence zone, various organisations approached it at various points seeking permission to hold events.

As per Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, the government can allow non-sport activities on a playground for a maximum 30 days in a year.

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