SC moved to restrain Maya govt from further construction for Kanshiram memorial
Monday, June 21, 2010 20:01 IST
New Delhi: An application was moved in the Supreme Court today seeking
to restrain the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh from carrying out
further construction on the 195-acre old jail complex for expanding
the Kanshiram memorial structure.
The application filed by advocate Sangam Lal Pandey urged the apex
court to constitute a special team to probe the alleged construction
made in violation of the earlier assurances given by the state.
The applicant alleged that contrary to an earlier assurance to the
apex court, the state government, instead of converting the jail
premises as an "eco park", felled about 8,000 trees and modified three
big ponds to suit the requirements of the memorial coming up at the
adjacent 60 acre land in the heart of the city.
It was further alleged that the state also did not obtain the
mandatory permission from the pollution control board for felling the
According to the petitioner, on July 8, 2009, the government had given
an undertaking that it will use the 195 acre jail premises for
exclusive use of developing an "eco park" but the same is now being
violated by felling trees and carrying out other modification works.
The proposed construction of Kanshiram memorial is being made at a
cost of Rs500 crore. It was alleged that the state government was
attempting to merge the 195 acre land with the 60 acre being used for
construction of the Kanshiram Smarak
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