Two days after a seven-year-old boy died after falling into a pit filled with rain water inside a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) park in Shastri Park, the authority has finally woken up from its slumber.
To ensure uniformity in maintenance and development standards for parks maintained by DDA across the city, the authority has issued guidelines.
The guidelines are meant for parks with an area up to 5 acres, also known as neighbourhood parks, developed by the DDA.
The DDA maintains more than 250 such parks and more than 100 district parks, which are much bigger in area.
On Sunday, the boy, identified as Tanvir, was playing in a DDA park in Shastri Park in northeast Delhi with other boys when the incident happened.
The family members of the victim had alleged negligence on the part of DDA, as the ditch was left open and no preventive signboard was positioned around it.
One of the guidelines issued by DDA is to provide steel wire mesh at all parks, which will segregate children play corner along with play area, from the rest of the park. This, a DDA statement said, would ensure that other park users are not disturbed and inconvenienced. This, however, would also mean that children could be kept safely away from ditches like the one that killed Tanvir.
As per the guidelines, the parks will be developed strictly as per the drawings issued with uniform designs of boundary walls and gates.
DDA also wants toilet blocks and facilities for drinking water at parks.
“Rain shelter will also be provided and for irrigation purposes arrangement of water, preferably treated sewage of Delhi Jal Board shall be provided to all the parks,” a statement issued by the authority said. Arrangement for water harvesting will be made where possible.
DDA also wants proper lighting and walkways at the parks. The lawns will have proper grass and greenery with adequate number of benches and dustbins. All parks will have a display board giving the parks’ name, staff deployed for maintenance including watchman.