NDMC mayor plans to bring proposal in House to 'legalise' makeshift temple at Chandni Chowk

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash said a 'high-level meeting' of senior leaders and officials of the BJP-led NDMC was held on Monday and it was decided that a proposal will be put up in its House for getting a 'legal status” for a prefabricated Hanuman temple that has come up at Chandni Chowk.

The meeting of the House of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation is slated to be held on Thursday.

'It was decided in the meeting that work should start on preparing a draft for a proposal that will be put up in the upcoming NDMC House to give the structure a legal status,' Mayor Prakash said.

Besides Prakash, NDMC's deputy mayor, standing committee chairman and his deputy, assistant commissioner and chief legal officer were present during the meeting.

But, before the House meeting, we plan to have a meeting with members of other parties in the NDMC -- AAP and Cong -- too, 'so, that there is a consensus', the mayor said.

Prakash on Sunday had said the corporation would explore granting 'legal status' to the prefabricated Hanuman temple that has come up on the median verge of a street in Chandani Chowk, where a temple was demolished by authorities in January.

However, police have initiated action in the matter.

The Delhi government's Public Works Department (PWD) on Saturday had lodged a complaint with the police seeking action on setting up of the prefabricated steel structure on the median verge of the street by unknown people.

While no FIR has been registered so far in the case, a police officer said on Sunday, 'We have received the complaint and necessary legal action has been taken in the matter.' He did not specify what 'legal action' was taken by the police.

The PWD complaint filed at the Kotwali Police Station stated that some unknown people kept the prefabricated structure at the median near Kucha Mahajani in Chandni Chowk on the night of February 18.

The makeshift structure has come up on the central verge of the main Chandni Chowk road, close to where an old Hanuman temple existed that was demolished in January following a court order, to pave way for the beautification work.

Meanwhile, locals have started visiting the makeshift temple and offering prayers. The Lord Hanuman idol from the old temple has been kept there now, and a priest has also been deputed to officiate the worship. PTI KND AQS AQS