Anjuman suggests park on Idgah Maidan

Anjuman suggests park on Idgah Maidan

However, restriction should be imposed on the days of festivals of Id and two days before the days of celebration for preparation. “As the lease was granted for 999 years, the rights over the land should be vested with it,’’ Singvi said during the preliminary arguments.

The apex court did not respond to the submission and adjourned the matter for two weeks.

School idea dropped

Advocate Rajesh Mahale said outside the court that it was an oral submission and in view of the report by the government, authorities has dropped the proposal to set up a school on the premises.
Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner P S Vastrad said despite three meetings held at his behest, a negotiated settlement could not be arrived.

“Both parties agree that Idgah maidan can be used for prayers for two days in a year. Yet there is difference in opinion between the parties regarding maintenance and possession of the land,’’ said the report.

Both parties stuck to their stand as per their written requisition. The Karnataka Board of Waqfs and Anjuman-e-Islam, Hubli suggested that the land be left for their possession and maintenance. They were prepared to construct the boundary wall surrounding the land.

The argument was disputed by G A Salimath, the representative of opposite party, said the report.
However, the commissioner said the land is not suitable for construction of a school as it is situated in the confluence of a traffic intersection. “Since the land is surrounded by roads and having a big circle, the possibility of constructing a school therein will have much disturbance of traffic and will not be fully safe for children,’’ said the affidavit.

On July 6, 2009, the Supreme Court had granted a last chance to the Karnataka authorities, Hubli-Dharward Municipal Corporation and leaders of Hindu and Muslim communities for resolving the issue amicably.

Advocate E C Vidyasagar, appearing for the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, submitted that the land belongs to the Corporation.

Anjuman has challenged the 1992 ruling of the Karnataka High Court that had refused permission to it to construct a compound wall of the land saying the organisation has obtained the area on lease for 999 years from the municipal corporation in 1921.

The organisation, claiming to be representing the Muslim community of the town, said that the community had been offering prayers at the maidan for the past 200 years.