'Make in India' function damaged Mumbai beach: HC

The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the government's 'Make In India' function at Girgaon Chowpatty beach in south Mumbai in 2016, which had to be abandoned after a huge fire gutted the stage, caused "considerable destruction and damage" to the beach.

It also asked the Maharashtra government to repair and restore the damaged portions of the beach within two months.

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh passed the ruling on a public interest litigation (PIL) raising concerns of soil erosion caused at the beach due to erection of structures, and functions and rallies held there.

"Beaches are an essential part of the environment. If beaches are polluted then it will violate the fundamental rights of the citizen guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, which says a person has the right to live in a pollution-free environment," the bench said.

The 'Make in India' function held in February 2016 at the beach had to be abandoned after a huge fire gutted the stage, the bench noted.

"It caused considerable destruction and damage to a portion of the beach," the judges said, adding the Girgaon Chowpatty beach is a major tourist attraction in Mumbai and hence, it is the duty of each and every citizen to protect it.

"The beach cannot be damaged by holding functions and rallies," the court said.

 

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