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HC asks BMC to reduce height or relocate Tilak statue

The petitioner told the court that the nine-feet statue obstructed the view of a traffic signal.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to either reduce the height or relocate a statute of Lokmanya Tilak, which is situated at the centre of the road in Borivali, within a month.

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A K Menon was hearing a public interest litigation, which alleged that schoolchildren and local residents were inconvenienced by the traffic chaos near the statue.

The petitioner told the court that the nine-feet statue obstructed the view of a traffic signal and was causing a lot of chaos in the area.

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Questioning why the BMC had not done anything about the situation despite previous orders, the bench said: “Either reduce the height or relocate the statue in a month. No further time will be granted for the same.”

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The court also asked whether structures around Don Bosco School in the same vicinity were on private land and whether they were legally authorised structures since the affidavit was silent on it.

“If they are unauthorised structures, the BMC should carry out demolition in accordance with law,” the court said.