On November 21, while hearing a PIL filed by an NGO seeking removal of unauthorised constructions and encroachments in Karol Bagh, the Delhi High Court asked civil agencies to consider airlifting the 108-foot statue of Hanuman in Central Delhi to remove encroachments around it.
Observing that the US has been relocating entire skyscrapers, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the suggestion.
“Consider if the statue can be airlifted. Speak to the Lieutenant Governor… In the US, entire skyscrapers are shifted as a whole,” the bench said.
The court also said that if civic bodies can “at even one place show that the law was being enforced, the mindset of the people of Delhi would change,” the court said while hearing the petition.
Anguished over illegal constructions in the capital, the court said enough opportunities had been given to municipal bodies of the Capital to enforce the law, “but no one wants to do it”.
“We direct a report be placed before us within a week by the DDA on the person(s) responsible for the construction,” the bench said.
The next hearing in the matter will be on Nov 24.
The large statue has appeared in several Bollywood films and is often considered a landmark. Over the time several buildings have been illegally constructed in its vicinity.