This is a big development. And, the important statement has come from Delhi High Court as it was anguished over illegal constructions in the national capital. The Delhi High Court on Monday suggested to the local authorities to consider airlifting of the 108-foot statue of Lord Hanuman in central Delhi. The court said this in order to remove the encroachments around it. Observing that entire skyscrapers have been relocated completely in the United States, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the suggestion while hearing a PIL by an NGO seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in the Karol Bagh area in the city. “Consider if the statue can be airlifted. Speak to the LG. You know, in the US, entire skyscrapers are shifted as a whole,” it said. Moreover, the Delhi HC also said if the civic bodies could at even one place show that the law was being enforced, the mindset of the people of Delhi would change. It said enough opportunities have been given to the municipal corporations to enforce the law but no one wants to do it.
The matter came up before the bench on Monday as the local authorities were seeking a modification with regard to the police station which would be responsible for implementing the court’s November 15 direction to remove encroachments from the area.
After modifying the order, the court listed the matter for hearing on November 24.
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Earlier, the Delhi High Court had said that illegal encroachments or unauthorised construction cannot be allowed anywhere in the national capital, whether it is a temple, a mosque or a church. “Even if there are illegal encroachments or unauthorised constructions in mandir (temple), masjid (mosque) or church, they cannot be allowed to continue. Law has to be enforced and only the old structures will be preserved,” the Delhi High Court had said.