Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi is pushing for installation of a 141-foot-high statue of Lord Krishna in West Delhi despite the executive wing rejecting the proposal on the ground that the civic body generally does not erect structures of religious nature and that it may adversely impact the area’s urban design.

MCD Standing Committee chairman Ram Kishan Singhal said: “The proposal was tabled at the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday and has been referred back to the Municipal Commissioner to reconsider the matter before finally rejecting it.”

The proposal was initially sent by the Standing Committee to the Municipal Commissioner about three years ago seeking a report on the issue. It related to giving permission to Shri Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsav Committee to install the giant statue at the Janmashtami Park of the MCD in Punjabi Bagh.

The Commissioner finally constituted a committee consisting of departmental heads concerned in May this year to look into the project. However, the committee raised several objections pointing out that the statue was “religious in nature” and the MCD normally installed statues of freedom fighters and national leaders only.

It also said raised questions about the statue’s size and structural stability specially in view of the seismic zone of Delhi and noted that the structure may require an urban design exercise so as to merge with the environment.

The committee pointed out that expert opinion from bodies like the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Urban Arts Commission should also be taken.