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Huda parks in city’s heart losing their charm; fountains reduced to dirty ponds

One is greeted by a broken dustbin at the entrance of Nirjhar Vatika park while entering from Vishal Mart side in Sector 5. The scene inside the park too is not different, in spite of the Swachh Haryana Abhiyan.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 04, 2014 16:16 IST
HT Correspondent

One is greeted by a broken dustbin at the entrance of Nirjhar Vatika park while entering from Vishal Mart side in Sector 5. The scene inside the park too is not different, in spite of the Swachh Haryana Abhiyan.

The fountains inaugurated by then chief minister Bansi Lal in 1997 are now marred by algae and garbage just behind the foundation stone. And the water bodies near Five Degree restaurant have less water and more filth in the form of plastic bottles and glasses. An artificial waterfall in the park now lies dried up. And the hillock on the waterfall was set up has become a garbage pile. People have contributed to the mess by throwing plastic cups, plates and glasses there.

Other parks maintained by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) also portray a dismal picture.

YAVANIKA PARK

Garbage lies scattered near the park’s gate. The fountain pool is filled with mud and algae and is now just a dirty pond. It becomes difficult to even approach the washroom because of the stench in the air. Garbage heaps can be found behind the park also.

TOPIARY PARK


Similar is the story in the Topiary Park also with one of its corners, where traffic moves towards Hansraj Public School, having turned into a garbage dump.