SC allows renovation work in Uttar Pradesh

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) The Supreme Court today allowed the Uttar Pradesh government to carry out temporary work including repairs and renovation in the existing structures like Dr Ambedkar Park, Kanshiram Research Centre and Ramabai Ambedkar Rally Sthal in Lucknow.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran, however, restrained the State government from raising any new permanent structures till April 21 .

The apex court also fixed April 21 for hearing of the petition filed by the Uttar Pradesh government challenging Allahabad High Court order, restraining the government to move ahead with the new construction projects started by the Mayawati regime.

The High Court had stayed the construction projects stating that land use cannot be changed without the prior permission of the Lucknow High Court. According to the High Court, the notification issued by the Mayawati government for changing the land use, was in violation of the High Court order.

According to the State government Ambedkar park is spread over 35 acres of land near Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow and was in a state of utter negligence during Mulayam Singh Yadav's regime.

The cost of the new projects started by the Mayawati regime was about Rs 1000 crores and the State government was planning to spend about Rs 650 crores on the Ambedkar park alone.

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