Heritage panel allows Ravan Dahan at KP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 10:17:57


Special Correspondent,

Atlast Nagpur Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) has allowed traditional Ravan Dahan at historic Kasturchand Park. However, the committee imposed several stringent conditions while granting this permission in its review meeting held on Tuesday at NMC office.

Along with Ravan Dahan, the HC also permitted Garba dance organised by Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, again with certain riders. As per these condition, organisations will have to plant saplings of 10 ft height and maintain them throughout the year to improve green cover around KP ground.

It may be mentioned that HCC had rejected the proposal of Sanatan Dharma Yuvak Sabha to organise Ravan Dahan programme on Dussehra at Kasturchand Park. Ravan Dahan is being organised at Kasturchand Park from last many decades, but following the High Court’s order, the committee has refused to accord its nod to this mega-cultural event organised every Vijayadashmi. The decision was ostensibly taken to protect historical- grade-I heritage structure from further deterioration after Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court directed government to protect K P ground.

It may be recalled that Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has taken a suo-motu cognizance of The Hitavada report regarding pathetic condition of historic KP ground and its crass commercialization. The High Court has directed authority to stop granting permission to organize exhibition and other cultural programmes on the ground. As interim measures, the High Court had directed the authorities to provide ground only for Independence day programme, Republic Day Parade and Maharashtra Day function. Even otherwise under section 37-A of MRTP Act, no playground can be given for other purposes for more than 12 days at a stretch and maximum 30 days in a year. The Heritage Committee has been empowered to give permission for other programmes.

A special emergent requisition meeting of HCC was called on Tuesday at civil lines office of Nagpur Municipal Corpo-ration (NMC).
Dr. Tapan Chakrabarty, former Director of NEERI chaired the meeting of Heritage Committee. The committee gave patient hearing to Sanatan Dharma Yuvak Sabha and Bhaskar Garba organisers to present their case before them.

Senior member and noted architect Ashok Mokha while talking to The Hitavada said, the committee considered the religious and social aspects of the functions as these functions have been organised for last several years.
Sanatan Dharma Yuvak Sabha applied for Ravan Dahan programme slated on September 30 at ground.

Mokha said, the committee has directed administration not to allow any activities in and around 20 fts of band stand, heritage structure and cannon situated right in the middle of the KP ground. This would be a “No Man Zone” and the organizations will have to ensure the sanctity of the Heritage structure. They should not burst crackers near the structures. The Ravan and other effigies would be kept almost at double the distance of the height of the Ravan from the heritage structure so that there should not be any harm to the structure.

The HCC has denied permission to four wheelers, and three wheelers vehicles inside the ground. Only limited two wheelers can be parked inside Kasturchand Park. The organizers will have to plant saplings of minimum 10 ft height in the periphery of the ground to increase green cover of the ground, he added. He said, the committee wants contribution in physical form to protect ground from pollution. The organisations will have to restore ground, if any damage is caused to it due to their activities. The Heritage Committee will appoint observers to keep watch on organizers to ascertain whether they are following the conditions prescribed by the committee or not.

Dr Ujjawala Chakradeo, Principal, Smt Manoramabai Mundle College of Architecture, P S Patankar, Structural Engineer, and Dr Shubha Johri, Supriya Thool, Assistant Director of Town Planning, Curator Dr Virag Sontakke, Town Planner P P Sonare were present in the meeting.