The Supreme Court on Friday applied the brakes on the demolition squads of Mayawati from pulling down various government buildings in Lucknow for the construction of the Kanshi Ram Research Institute,adjoining the Ambedkar Sthal Park.
A Bench comprising Justices B N Aggrawal and G S Singhvi ordered an interim stay on any further demolition of 30-odd buildings,evidently reversing an earlier order of the apex court. The court also sought a response from the state Government within four weeks.
Last year,the Mayawati Government had run into trouble for changing the land use of a huge tract of land adjoining the 35-acre Ambedkar Sthal Park. The Gomti Nagar Jan Kalyan Mahasamithi and others had opposed the move,alleging the proposed construction was sought to be made in a notified green belt area by demolishing buildings which were decades old.
While hearing a batch of PILs,the Allahabad High Court had stayed the demolitions until it decided the validity of the governments action,upon which the state approached the apex court in April last year. The PILs complained that the construction/ demolition and renovation activities were being carried out by the state after amending the original Master Plan,resulting in destruction of the notified green belt areas. They also complained that the construction activities of the Government were causing considerable hardships to the local residents.
However,a Supreme Court Bench of Justices H K Sema and Markandeya Katju on May 1,2008,permitted the UP Government to go ahead with the demolitions.
By two separate orders on October 12,2007 and November 6,2007,the High Court had restrained the Mayawati Government from carrying out renovation,maintenance,construction and demolition activities in any of the government buildings.
In their fresh applications on Friday,Mithilesh Kumar Singh and the Gomti Nagar Sanstha urged that the demolitions must not be permitted at a time when the High Court was about to pass a judgment on the Governments move to change the land use of the green area.