STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: In an order of far reaching public importance a Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sindhu Sharma on Saturday declined permission to the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) to undertake construction of a Commercial-cum-Parking Complex underneath the existing play field popularly known as Parade Ground, Jammu. While declining the permission the Division Bench headed by Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur directed that on the face of it, “We are reluctant to grant any such permission to the Corporation”. Division Bench after hearing Advocate Sachin Gupta appearing for JMC in a PIL titled Shambu Nath and another versus Director General Sports and others, wherein the JMC had moved an application for seeking permission for the project of making provision of Parking-cum-Commercial Complex with play field on terrace at Parade Ground, Jammu observed that it needs to be highlighted that Parade Ground area is already a highly congested area with a lot of haphazard development over decades. “Construction of an underground Shopping Complex, although with a provision for underground parking, might further lead to aggravating the situation and besides this the directions issued by the Court in PIL No.20/2014 were issued with a view to protect the interest of the youth who were using the playground for sports purposes”, the DB held. Later, the Division Bench looking into the seriousness of the matter appointed Advocate S.S Ahmed as Amicus Curiae for rendering assistance to the Court on the aforementioned issue. The Division Bench also issued notices to Chief Secretary J&K, Director General Sports J&K, Director General of Police J&K, Parade Sports Association, Cricket Ground Parade Jammu for filing response and directed the Registry to re-notify the instant PIL on April 22, 2019.
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