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Marine drive: Bombay HC seeks BMC’s reply on petition against open-air gym

The petitioner claims that the area — particularly the promenade where the gym stands — is a declared heritage precinct and no construction is permissible there

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 31, 2015 2:09:46 am
mumbai, mumbai marine drive, marine drive, marine drive gym, gym marine drive, marine drive gym petition, petition against marine drive gym, mumbai news, india news, indian express The dismantled fitness station inaugurated by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray. ( Express Photo)

The Bombay High Court directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file a reply to a public interest litigation challenging the permission granted to an open-air gym on the Marine Drive promenade in south Mumbai.

The gym, which has created a controversy, was inaugurated by Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray. Congress had earlier alleged preferential treatment to the ruling party, Shiv Sena, as opposed to them as they had made a similar demand a few years ago but were denied permission.

The petitioner Vijay Yadav, a businessman, claims that the area — particularly the promenade where the gym stands — is a declared heritage precinct and no construction is permissible there. “The locality and more particularly the area which is a belt of sea, has been declared as heritage and no construction is permitted on the footpath,” the petition states.

Petitioner’s lawyer Ashok Sarogi also mentioned that in 2013 a former Congress MP had been denied permission to put up a gym on the ground that it was a heritage precinct.

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Stating that the area is frequented by morning walkers, the petition stated that the civic body gave permission for the gym to be constructed by D M Fitness for three months, which has links with Shiv Sena.

The division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shahand Justice A K Menon directed the civic body to file reply by August 6.

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