Pune : SC orders to demolish unauthorised school buildings in Karve Nagar

Pune: The Supreme Court has granted relief to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) by ordering the demolition of four school buildings in Pune. 

The Sri Mallikarjuna Education Society constructed these buildings on an open plot within the Girish Co-operative Society in Karvenagar without authorization. The Girish Co-operative Society filed a case against the unauthorized construction, and a High Court order for the demolition of the school building was issued.

The Municipal Corporation began the demolition process on Friday, but the school management sought a stay on the proceedings by approaching the Supreme Court. However, the court adjourned the proceedings and allowed the demolition process to continue. It was found that the school had violated the court’s order by admitting students in 2018, and the lawyers representing the school could not provide any assurance that they would not admit students for the academic year 2023-24.

The Supreme Court upheld the High Court’s decision and instructed the Municipal Corporation to lift the moratorium on demolishing the school buildings and proceed with the necessary steps. Shrikant Vaidande, the executive engineer of the building department, confirmed that the demolition of the school building began on Friday morning but was halted due to the stay order. He added that further action would be taken in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order for demolition.

According to Nisha Chavan, the Legal Advisor and Head of the PMC Legal Department at Pune Municipal Corporation, the court dismissed the school’s petition against the Municipal Corporation and ordered the demolition of all four school buildings. The court’s order made it clear that the Municipal Corporation should proceed with the necessary steps to demolish the buildings.

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