Minto Hall saved — for the time being
Posted August 15, 2010on:
The historic Minto Hall of Bhopal has been saved – for the time being. The Madhya Pradesh High Court has given a blow to the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government by quashing its two notifications changing the land use of the Minto Hall premises and the area in South T.T.Nagar where Gammon India had been entrusted with developing a central business district.
The notifications were challenged by two voluntary organisations, Bhopal Citizen Forum and Parshram Samaj Evam Kalyan Samiti on the ground that the government notifications would damage the heritage and ecosystem of the areas.
The division bench at Jabalpur, comprising Chief Justice Syed Rafat Alam and Justice Alok Aradhe, however, permitted the government to reconsider the matter afresh keeping in view the factors like preservation of ecology and pollution-free atmosphere in the areas.
The Chauhan government had decided to lease the 1909-built Minto Hall, with its adjoining 6.73 acre land to some private operator on Re one lease for 60 years (extendable by 30 years) for construction of a trade centre and posh hotel there. The Minto Hall, opposite the Raj Bhavan, served as the State Assembly after the formation of Madhya Pradesh in 1956 till 1996 when the Assembly was moved to a new building.