It has been reported that Mayor Sandip Joshi has threatened to stage sit in front of Chief Minister’s residence, Ramgiri, if the state government does not scrap the decision about entry fees in Japanese Garden at Seminary Hills. Mayor has given time till December 18 to Forest Department to consider the demand or else threatened of Gandhigiri in front of Ramgiri on December 20.
As per information, the civic body does not charge any fees from citizens who throng its gardens for morning walk. At Japanese Garden hundreds of citizens visit for morning walk and they were up in arms when Forest Department decided to charge entry fees to gather funds for maintenance of premises. Mayor submitted the memorandum about the demand to Prabhunath Shukla, Deputy Conservator of Forest.
During the programme of Walk & Talk with Mayor the morning walkers and members of Laughter Club raise the issue of entry fees and termed it as unjust. The citizens said no fees should be charges from visitors till 9 am and for later period Forest Department can very well levy entry fees.