SC tells UP to remove manpower, machinery from park sites

      The Supreme Court on Friday firmly told the Mayawati-led Government to vacate all the manpower and machinery from seven construction sites within six hours of its fresh order. A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice B.N. Agarwal and Justice Aftab Alam, ordered the Uttar Pradesh Government to stop all construction of all the memorials, parks and statues in the state. " No further construction would be done at the site until the matter was decided by the court," the State Government replied in its undertaking. The court warned the state administration of taking severe action if it failed to follow its orders. " You are playing a hide and seek game. Your are playing with fire," the bench said in its order. The court also said "Nobody except the security guard should enter the construction sites" The court also issued a show cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary for failing to obey its order. On Thursday, a section of the media had reported that the Mayawati Government continues to disobey the Supreme Court's directive, vis-à-vis construction activity at Ambedkar Park, one of Mayawati''s dream projects in Lucknow. The apex court has also asked media organizations, to furnish all material in support of their claims. In its supplementary Budget presented before in the state assembly the Uttar Pradesh Government had allotted a sum of Rs 550 crore for statues and memorials of Kanshi Ram, B.R. Ambedkar, and Mayawati.

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