After rejecting the plea to allow the loudspeaker at Shivaji Park for Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Supreme Court has allowed two celebrations of Christmas and New Year on Shivaji Park ground.

Declared as a Silent Zoe by the Bombay High Court, the residents have time and again protested the fluting of decibel levels and the government’s policy to allow political rallies on this playground.

he SC has sent notices to the opposite parties mainly the Maharashtra government, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and WECOM Trust (Non Government Organisation representing the residents of Shivaji Park).

Being a silent zone, the use of loudspeakers was prohibited to Shivaji Park gymkhana by the HC. Contesting this decision, the gymkhana officials represented by Sunil Ramchandran and Ravi Gadkar approached the apex court. The Supreme Court bench comprising of the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud and Justice L Nageshwar Rao gave this permission.

The apex court has also allowed the setting up of a temporary dais on the ground. The permission has been given for a limited period on Christmas and New year’s eve, from 7pm to 10 pm.

The gymkhana club also shares 900 square feet of area on this playground and is a part of the Shivaji Park ground. The bench clarified that the celebrations will restricted to only this space of the gymkhana. The bench has allowed the club to put up bamboo and cloth enclosure which they have to dismantle immediately after the event is over.

(source: FPJ)