Broken stands, rusted signs and garbage littered all over reflect the state of all four parks that the local municipal council maintains.
Instead of grass and flowers, the congress weed covers these spaces. With the boundary walls of most parks in Batala broken and no sign of security as well, people have stolen the iron cages that protect the plants.
The two gardeners hired to look after the four parks are deployed at the house of top officials in the city.
Not a single park was found in shape during the last inspection. Apart from wild plants, these had become home to also stray animals.
The worst maintained of the four is adjacent to Wood Stock School, bare of even wild plants, leave aside flowers. Drug addicts have made it their den and the neighbourhood use the space to dump construction material and tie animals.
The park on the municipal council office premises and another opposite have fronts encroached upon by the lottery sellers, who claim to own the public land. The lone sweeper for the parks isn't regular on duty and repeated questions about the state of parks have gone unanswered.
Asked to reply, executive officer MS Randhawa said the administration was serious about the parks' upkeep and now going to award this contract under public-private partnership plan.
The administration is serious about the parks' upkeep and now going to award this contract under public-private partnership plan.
MS Randhawa, MC executive officer