Palace defilement stopped only after Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation called cops
by Paul John, TNN | Aug 24, 2012, 04.04AM IST
AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) conducted three rounds of inspections before the caretakers of the Moti Shahi palace adhered to their warnings. AMC had to seek the help of the Shahibaug police to ensure that construction work was halted completely.
In a requisition to the Shahibaug police inspector under section 267 (2) of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC) Act, the AMC sought that routine rounds be conducted on the premises to remove all persons involved in carrying out the illegal construction. Notices were issued to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Society (SVPMS) on August 3, August 7 and August 20.
"The SVPMS had not complied with our previous notices and continued the construction work. Construction activity was discontinued only after we approached the police to enforce the stay," says a senior AMC official.
In the affidavit before Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice PB Pardiwala, AMC deputy TDO Nilesh Baranda claimed, "It cannot be denied that the Moti Shahi palace would/may qualify to have architectural/cultural significance, however, it is required to be clarified that the same is not a listed heritage structure as defined in the General Development Control Regulations (GDCR) as amended by the September 2007 notification."
The high-powered Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) had recently said that the Moti Shahi palace will soon be part of the new inventory of protected monuments which are outside the walled city.
Municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra had told TOI earlier, "The new inventory list will be prepared by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), which specializes in preservation and conservation of heritage buildings." Mohapatra said meetings had already been held with INTACH and it was devising a strategy for the inventory. "The list will also contain buildings of heritage value in places other than the walled city," he said.