Uddhav Thackeray's oath ceremony at Shivaji Park in accordance with rules: BMC tells Bombay HC

The BMC was responding to a petition filed by NGO Wecom Trust on whether Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground. The NGO had filed the plea last month, before the oath-taking ceremony which held on October 28.

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Replying to the concerns over Uddhav Thackeray’s oath-taking ceremony, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on December 10 told Bombay High Court (HC) that the ground can be used for non-sporting events for 45 days in a year. 

The BMC was responding to a petition filed by NGO Wecom Trust on whether Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground. The NGO had filed the plea last month, before the oath-taking ceremony which held on October 28. 

BMC submitted an affidavit before the HC bench consisting of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and R.I. Chagla stating that Shivji Park can be used for a maximum of 45 days in a year for events other than sports activities. This has been decided as per a government resolution which was passed in 2016. 

As per the government resolution, six days have been reserved for holding programmes approved by the state government. The resolution also provides a list of functions that can be organised at Shivaji Park.

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The civic body further informed that the approval from the state government is a must to hold programmes which are not listed under government resolution. 


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