The way is clear for making corridor of Banke Bihari temple, High Court gives approval, Allahabad News in Hindi

The way is clear for making corridor of Banke Bihari temple, High Court gives approval, Allahabad News in Hindi

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Prayagraj,, Allahabad High Court has given green signal to the government plan of Mathura-Vrindavan Thakur Banke Bihari Mandir Corridor. Along with this, orders have also been given to remove encroachment from Kunj streets. However, the court has not given permission to the government to use the money deposited in the bank account of the temple amounting to Rs 262.50 crore for building the corridor. This order has been given by the division bench of Chief Justice Pritinkar Diwakar and Justice Ashutosh Srivastava on the PIL filed by Ananth Kumar Sharma and others.

The court said in its order that the state government should fulfill its responsibility of providing public order, public health, security and public convenience with its money without affecting the philosophy under the legal process. The advocate said that the court has also asked the temple management not to ban any devotee from having darshan. The district administration should ensure compliance with the order and submit its report on the next date of hearing, January 31, 2024. The court has said that the religious rights found in Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution are not absolute. This fundamental right is subject to public order to some extent. Appropriate barriers can be imposed. The court said that work in public interest is an activity of secularism.
The court asked the government to implement the corridor plan by removing encroachment from the streets with the help of technical experts. There should be no encroachment again, if encroachment occurs then immediate action should be taken. The lawyer said that once the encroachment is removed, the government will have to ensure that there is no re-encroachment in these streets and that there is no obstruction on the access roads of the temple. The next hearing in this case will be on January 31, 2024.
It may be noted that the High Court had reserved its decision after hearing this case on November 8. While giving the verdict, the court said that the government can move ahead with its proposed plan, but it should also decide that the visitors should not face any hindrance in their darshan. The PIL was filed in 2022 on behalf of Anant Sharma, Madhumangal Das and others. It was said that on normal days the number of devotees coming to the temple for darshan is 40 to 50 thousand. But, on Saturday-Sunday and holidays this number reaches 1.5 to 2.5 lakh. During festivals and auspicious days, the number of devotees coming to the temple for darshan of Thakur ji reaches around 5 lakhs. The roads leading to the temple are very narrow and crowded. Therefore, due to huge crowd, there are many problems in movement. The narrow streets have been encroached upon. This has made the situation worse. The streets have become narrower. Often a stampede-like situation occurs. Recently some people have died due to suffocation. The administrative system completely fails during rush hours. Even after this, the UP government and the district administration did not take any appropriate and concrete steps. In the writ, an appeal was made to the High Court to direct the state government to take appropriate steps in this matter. Advocate Shreya Gupta, Sanjay Goswami on behalf of the services, Advocate General Ajay Kumar Mishra, Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal and Chief Standing Advocate Kunal Ravi etc. argued on the petition. On behalf of Goswamis, objection was raised on the maintainability of the petition that it is a private temple. The government has no right to interfere in its management.–IANS

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