Thursday , October 28 2021

‘Don’t erect statues at the cost of green trees’- Lawyers write to CM

Udaipur : In a recent letter to the chief minister, activists and lawyers have expressed their dissent over the change of plan made for erecting statues under the Vibhuti Park project on the bank of Lake Fateh Sagar here. They claimed the change is not only illegal, but also not in the interest of the environment as well as is technically incorrect. 

The letter has been sent by ex-presidents of Bar Association Ramesh Nandwana, ShambuSingh Rathore, Shantilal Pamecha and others who pointed out the legal, environmental and dam safety lacunae in erecting statues on heavy pedestals a long the tree line of Fateh Sagar paal. These were originally to be localted within newly developed area of the Vibhuti park in the downstream of this paal. They demanded erecting the statues as per original plan or somewhere else but not at the cost of fully developed green trees. “ This area falls in No construction zone. A permission letter which is mandatory to be procured from the senior town planner too hasn’t been  taken.  The letter also cited a supreme court judgement wherein the hon’ble court held that no statues can be erected in public areas.

Vibhuti Park in the downstream of Fateh Sagar Paal (Earthen embankment) was conceived  in 2007-08 and as per original plan, it was to have five parts ie. Earth park (displaying Mineral Resources of Mewar), a Science and energy park (displaying Energy conservation), Cultural Museum,  Water Park and an Astronomy Park (having Solar Clock). In this original plan 8 statures were proposed within the newly developed area. The estimated cost of this park was initially about 4 crores but this amount was exhausted in constructing huge retaining walls and earth filling in a wide area of 600 meter length and 12 feet height. ” said GP Soni, retired superintendent engineer of water resources department. The work was continued by the Urban Improvement Trust after  arranging additional funds under various schemes,  intermittently, till 2015. 

While the work was in progress, the then Home minister Gulabchand Kataria visited the project and asked to erect the the statues on top of the embankment and not within the newly developed area. However, UIT preferred to transfer the work to Nagar Nigam, in 2015  and further advised to obtain revised NOC from Irrigation Department and Senior town Planner. ” None of the facilities envisaged in original plan have been developed but a fish aquarium has come up which was not in the original plan. For erecting the statues number of fully developed tress have been cut or heavily pruned down slowly. This is being objected continuously by active citizens on the basis of environmental grounds and embankment safety” Soni added. 

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