The Supreme Court Wednesday stayed a Bombay High Court order and allowed the Maharashtra government to hold an event at Girgaum Chowpatty beach in Mumbai to kickstart the ‘Make in India Week’ programme which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A bench comprising Justices M Y Eqbal and Arun Mishra allowed the submission of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, that the proposed function was “India’s pride” and the administration did not propose to raise any permanent structure at the beach site.
Finding merit in Rohatgi’s submission, the bench said, “We issue notice. In the meantime, interim relief in terms of prayer (seeking permission to hold the function) is being granted.”
The apex court had on February 1 agreed to hear the appeal of the Maharashtra government against the Bombay High Court order of January 28, denying permission to hold the event at the beach.
After the Bombay High Court turned down its request to host the event at Girgaum Chowpatty, the state had finalised MMRDA Grounds at Bandra Kurla Complex as an alternative location. However, with the apex court’s green signal, the government has decided to go ahead with its original plan.
Bhushan Gagrani, chief executive officer at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), said, “We are happy with the Supreme Court’s decision and are going ahead with the cultural programme there.”
The state government plans to use 2 lakh square feet area at Girgaum chowpatty to set up a stage, green room, music systems and washrooms on February 14, a day after the formal inauguration of the ‘Make in India Week’.