MUMBAI: After 85 years of basking in glory as a much sought-after public spot, the Shivaji Park maidan was declared silence zone.
The Shivaji Park in Dadar area of Central Mumbai had hosted hundreds of rallies during the period of Independence struggle and the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.
This was the most favourite public meeting place for political parties in all hues, especially for the Shiv Sena which ramified to almost all parts of the state from the Shivaji Park maidan, growing to the stature of a state-level political party.
But the party seems on Wednesday to be rather resigned after the Bombay High Court verdict, which declared the ground as a silence zone. A Division Bench, comprising Justice F I Rebello and M Bhaskar delivered the order in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a group of residents living in the vicinity of Shivaji Park in September 2009.
The PIL sought a blanket ban on political rallies and other public functions on the ground so that it could be used only for sporting activities.
The petitioners had cited several points such as disturbance of peace and sound pollution in the area on account of the political rallies held frequently here.
They had pointed out that, besides being in the midst of a residential area, there were several schools, temples and hospitals in the immediate vicinity and according to the civic rules such an area fell under the ambit of a silence zone.