No function, rally at Girgaum Chowpatty, says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court said on Thursday that: “Beaches are an essential part of the environment, and if a beach is polluted, it will violate fundamental rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, which mentions the right to live in a pollution-free environment.” The HC observed this while restraining any public functions or rallies other than those approved to be held at the Girgaum Chowpatty.

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice PN Deshmukh said: “There are very few open spaces in this city for a common man to breathe fresh air. Moreover, it (Chowpatty) is a major tourist attraction. Article 51 (A) (G) makes it every citizen’s duty to protect the beach. It cannot be damaged by holding functions and rallies.”