Chandigarh

ROCK GARDEN SOCIETY EARNING 2 CRORES ANNUALLY, WHY TO GIVE PERMISSION FOR MARRIAGES QUESTION RAISES IN HIGH COURT

February 21, 2019 09:24 AM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

Rock Garden-PIL- petitioner rebuts the contentions of UT Administration-“Rock Garden Society is earning more then Rs. two crore as profit from Rock Garden.” says the petitioner in his replication.

The petitioner has filed a replication in this case in response to the affidavit in reply filed by UT Chandigarh administration on the last date. Strongly rebutting the contention of UT Administration that it has to incur maintenance charges of Rs.2.50 crore on maintenance of Rock garden, the petitioner has asserted that during the year ends 31.3.2017, the Rock Garden Society had earned net profit of Rs.2.17 crores, which was the period during which marriage functions were also permitted in third phase of Rock Garden.

The petitioner has filed a replication in this case in response to the affidavit in reply filed by UT Chandigarh administration on the last date. Strongly rebutting the contention of UT Administration that it has to incur maintenance charges of Rs.2.50 crore on maintenance of Rock garden, the petitioner has asserted that during the year ends 31.3.2017, the Rock Garden Society had earned net profit of Rs.2.17 crores, which was the period during which marriage functions were also permitted in third phase of Rock Garden.

Thus, the Society does not have death of funds. He has also asserted that during the year ends 31.3.2018, the Rock Garden Society had earned net profit of Rs.2.87 crores, which was the period during which marriage functions were not permitted in third phase of Rock Garden. Thus, he has averred that income from entry tickets increased during the period no marriage functions were permitted. Besides, profits of Rock Garden Society are substantial. It does not require extra funds from marriage functions to be held in third phase of the Rock Garden.

The petitioner has also rebutted the contention of UT Chandigarh administration, in its affidavit, wherein it was stated that phase III of Rock Garden has no interest for visitors, as it is just an open area, and is at the end of the Rock Garden. He has stated in his replication that the Phase-III of Rock Garden has a beautiful Doll Museum in it, besides a cafeteria in the third Phase being at the end of the Rock Garden. The visitors have to relax for some time in third Phase, and there being Jhulas (swings) for the entertainment/relaxation of the visitors and particularly the children, the third Phase is also a point of attraction for the visitors. The doll museum has large number of creatures of late Shri Nek Chand, the creator of Rock Garden.

Heavily relying on official documents, the petitioner has stated that the Rock Garden Society has been incurring a lot of funds on Doll Museum. For instance, from 2017 onwards, Committee spent an amount of Rs. 11.88 Lakhs for providing CCTV cameras in the Doll Museum. Besides, another amount of Rs. 32 lakhs was approved for illumination in the Doll Museum. That apart, another amount of Rs. 16.23 lakh was approved for installation of air-conditioners in the Doll Museum, which also included the expenses for conversion of rain shelter into Doll Museum. Rs. 11.39 lakh was approved for employing 10 workers in the Doll Museum in the third Phase of the Rock Garden. Besides, several other items of expenditure were also approved for the said Doll Museum. Thus, after spending such huge amounts on beautification/illumination/ maintenance of Doll Museum in Phase-III of Rock Garden, it is patently untenable argument of the UT Chandigarh administration that Phase-III of the Rock Garden is just an open phase where the visitors does not want to visit.  

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