The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that it will frame a policy two months prior to the Mount Mary fair from now onwards. A division bench of Justices AS Oka and VL Achiliya was hearing a petition by Lillian Pais, a resident of Bandra, stating that every year vehicular and pedestrian traffic is disrupted during the fair as several stalls are put up without permission.
The court said that law applies to every religion and no one can violate the law and put up illegal pandals and stalls on public roads as observed by the court in another petition. “The policy for Mount Mary Fair, 2016, will be announced two months prior to the fair. While formulating the policy, the BMC is bound to take into consideration the law which has been laid down,” said the HC.
The Mount Mary Fair in Bandra is an eight-day event celebrated to honour the birth of Virgin Mary. It draws huge crowds every year from all parts of the city. The civic body informed the court that this year, 182 illegal stalls were removed following complaints and several steps were taken to ensure that there was no obstruction to traffic. The fair took place from September 13 to 20 this year.