Residents welfare association opposes Bal Thackeray's memorial at Shivaji ParkNovember 23, 2012 14:42
Bal Thackeray's public funeral at Shivaji park was attended by thousands of Mumbaikars and Shiv Sena members making it one of the most significant event in the history of Maharastra state. Massive crowd gathered on that eventful day to pay their last tribute to their beloved leader. However, the Sena demand that a memorial be built for their leader at the ground has met with stiff opposition from residents' associations, who insist that the park is one of the few hundred open spaces in the city and they cannot permit further construction.
Ashok Rawat, Trustee, Walkers Ecological Movement, says, "I think that's the mood of the people that in public open spaces, there should not be any construction." Several Mumbai cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar have honed their skills at Shivaji Park, but the Shiv Sena too insists that its ties with the park run deep as Thackeray addressed his first rally and officially founded the party there in 1966.
Even before a formal proposal is mooted, the NCP's minister of state for urban development declared it would be considered positively. Bhaskar Jadhav, MoS, Urban Development, said, "If the proposal comes to the government, it will definitely be considered with all sensitivity." However, the sentiment wasn't echoed by CM Prithviraj Chavan who holds the portfolio. The CM's office merely said that no proposal had been received.