HC removes all hurdles in devpt of Shegaon

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Apr 2018 09:27:30


Staff Reporter,

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday removed all stumbling blocks in development of temple-town Shegaon including re-settlement of shopkeepers and encroachers, widening of roads, construction of police chowki and creation of parking plaza near Khalwadi. This will ensure a better infrastructure near Gajanan Maharaj Mandir and avoid any stampede like situation while ensuring more facilities for pilgrims without causing any loss of livelihood to existing shopkeepers.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar while hearing petition filed by scribe Mangesh Indapawar years ago seeking development of Shegaon on the occasion of Samadhai Shatabdi of Sant Gajanan Maharaj, passed several directives, laid down the road-map and time-frame within which works are to be accomplished.

The High Court had passed several orders in the past for development of Shegaon and on May 5 had directed completion of all development works within stipulated time including removal of encroachment at Matangwadi and handing over of land to Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, relocating these people to Mhada units, completion of road widening works and water pipe laying works by May 31. However, the shopkeepers refused to move. The High Court during last hearings had lashed out at authorities for not complying with earlier orders and had pulled up senior officials.

In his latest affidavit, Divisional Commissioner informed that State Government had already undertaken massive beautification work in Shegaon and prepared a comprehensive development plan to spruce up the holy town and sanctioned Rs 111 crore including cost of relocation of Khalwadi residents and creating parking space. But Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan expressed readiness to develop parking port. The estimated cost of shifting people from this space is Rs 62.55 crore and it has received administrative approval. The revised cost of Shegaon development works has now escalated to Rs 429.55 crore due to inclusion of many more works and same has been approved by Government, the affidavit stated.

After several orders, the Railways had also sanctioned a Home Platform at Shegaon station for the benefit of million of pilgrims visiting this holy town to pay obeisance to Sant Gajanan Maharaj. Initially, the Railways had turned down suggestion of constructing a home platform at Shegaon. But after the High Court expressed its displeasure, Railway Ministry also consented to develop the station and sanctioned Home Platform and provided a sum of Rs 2.50 crore.

on Thursday, the High Court directed relocation of shopkeepers and even encroachers to commercial complex being constructed by Municipal Council within nine months and directed Sansthan to pay cost of Rs 11 lakh each to council. The private land at Matangwadi held by 20 citizens will be acquired by paying five times the ready reckoner cost. The 2.25 acre land at Matangwadi will be handed over to Sansthan with a rider to construct a police post and create facilities to avoid stampede like situation since during Samadhi Sohla day more than one million devotees throng Shegaon. The High Court also directed widening of road within three months and forcible removal of encrochers and shopkeepers who are getting new shops. Adv Firdos Mirza (Amicus Curiae), Adv Arun Patil (Shegaon Sansthan), Addl GP Deepak Thakre (State), Adv D M Kale (Municipal Council), Adv Shreerang Bhandarkar (shopkeepers), Adv R L Khapre (shopkeepers) represented respondents.