Observing that Mughal Gardens are “our heritage”, the High Court on Wednesday directed government to protect them by addressing all the deficiencies “expeditiously”.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe also directed the authorities concerned to ensure that there was defacement of these gardens.
The court also directed the government to create awareness and install public hoardings not to deface the public property.
“We direct (authorities) to issue publicity at large regarding defacement of public property and authorities shall ensure that public hoardings are installed and strict action be taken for defacing structures at Mughal gardens or at any other place,” the division bench said.
It also ordered that plantation in these gardens be carried out regularly so that diversity of plant species can flourish and attract more and more visitors. “The Mughal Gardens are our heritage and this heritage has to preserved and protected,” the court said. It passed the directions to government after Amicus Curiae, Faisal Qadri submitted his report, pointing out many deficiencies related to the maintenance of parks and gardens in the state.Out of 11 gardens, Qadri inspected four of them and the court directed him to visit the rest and submit report before next date of hearing . The court also directed authorities to place status of three Mughal Gardens– Shalimar, Nishat and Cheshma-Shahi. “Strict surveillance of all these gardens should be done as they are of archaeological importance,” the court added.