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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Opened by Dy CM, park clamours for upkeep

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, October 21, 2013
First Published: 20:35 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:43 IST(21/10/2013)

Inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on January 12, 2010, the Forest Awareness Park along the lake number 2 in the city is in a shambles nowadays with piles of garbage and stray animals roaming freely in the park.

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Cleanliness is a casualty in the park, located at Bhai Kanhaiya chowk here. While taking a round of the park, one come across only empty polythene bags, wrappers, cow dung. The park has also become a safe haven for drunkards.

Though some roadside vendors, but they hardly get any business in absence of visitors to the park. In the wake of causal approach of the civic authorities in maintaining the park, vendors too take it easy and freely litter around. The lights installed around the park are no more there except pillars.

Rajesh Kumar who runs a juice rehri near the park said that the park was well maintained for some time after inauguration, but soon the authorities started ignoring its upkeep.

Subhash Kumar, another shopkeeper near the park, said that he was doing brisk business when the park was good condition as a lot of people used to visit it. "But now people have stopped coming here and we are the ultimate losers,"he said.

Gurmit Singh, another shopkeeper, rued that the administration's neglect was the main reason behind the pathetic condition of the park as nobody comes for cleaning the park.

Commissioner, municipal corporation Bathinda (MCB), Vipul Ujwal, when contacted, said that he would look into the matter and find out who was responsible for maintaining the park and why it was lying in such a bad condition.

Citizens speak

Park was well maintained for some time after inauguration in 2010, but gradually the authorities started ignoring its upkeep. Rajesh Kumar, roadside vendor.

Our business was booming when the park was in a good condition as a lot of people used to visit it. Now, nobody comes here seeing tis poor condition. Subhash Kumar, Rehri owner.

As nobody comes to clean the park, bushes along the park are the only vegetation in the name of greenery. The civic body is solely to be blamed for the park's condition. Gurmit Singh, roadside vendor.

I will look into the matter and find out who was responsible for maintating the park and why it was lying in such a bad condition. Vipul Ujwal, commissioner, MCB

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