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Much needs to be done to restore Rajghat's glory: HC


Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Delhi High Court today underlined the need for restoring the pristine glory of Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Rajghat here.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice

C Hari Shankar made the observation while directing an inspection of the memorial by Professor K T Ravindran, former dean of School of Planning and Architecture, on April 30 along with advocate Satyakam, who was appointed local commissioner in the matter.
"I hope some work is done. We will be very happy," the bench said, adding "there is no dispute that much needs to be done so that Rajghat is restored to its pristine glory".
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey alleging that the Mahatma Gandhi's memorial was not being properly maintained.
The bench also took on record a report published by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) suggesting ways to improve and maintain the site.
"The counsel has placed a copy of the report published by DUAC to improve and maintain some internal areas and parking in Rajghat. This report will provide useful inputs in restoring the site," the bench said.
It also directed that the report be provided to Professor Ravindran, who may, if necessary, have a meeting with the authorities concerned, including the Rajghat Samadhi Committee which is entrusted with maintaining the memorial, to make suggestions and ensure "restoration and preservation of all areas and environment of the Samadhi".
The bench also said that Ravindran may call horticulture experts to assist with the landscape designing of the area, and sought an inspection report in this regard on the next date of hearing on May 22.
The high court had earlier said that the memorial was visited by people from across the world and deserved more respect.
It had even pulled up the Rajghat Samadhi Committee and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), saying they failed to perform their statutory duties.
The petitioner, Chouksey, had submitted photos of the loopholes witnessed by him during his visit to the monument in 2014 and then again in 2015 and 2016.
He alleged that there were betel stains at the entrance of the memorial, broken floor tiles, rubbish lying all around the monument, white marble had turned black due to lack of cleaning while the green carpet laid for visitors was damaged.
Two toilets were in very poor condition and unclean, and at many places sewage lines were exposed and filled with garbage, thus becoming breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects, the petition added.

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First Published: Apr 27 2018 | 7:05 PM IST

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