This park in south has space for all — without civic body’s help
Sukun, a park surrounded by houses in Block C of south Delhi’s Defence Colony, is one of the most good-looking parks in the Capital. And it has space for people of all age groups, reports Sidhartha Roy.delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2010 23:26 IST
Here’s why. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has nothing to do with the park.
The park is maintained by the residents, who have signed a memorandum of understanding with the corporation. The park has been given to the residents on a lease for some token money.
“The MCD doesn’t help us at all,” said Swerneek Singh, secretary of the park committee. “We have been maintaining this park since 1994 and have come a long way since then.”
The park is more beautiful and better maintained than most 'ornamental' parks of the MCD.
It has lush green lawns, an undulating landscape, flowerbeds, rain shelters adorned with creepers and vines, sculptures, benches and space for children to play.
Unlike other ornamental parks of the city, Sukun has space for everyone.
“We have tried to cater to all age groups,” Singh said.
Geeta Bhargava, a resident of Block C, said: “The park is children and senior citizen friendly. It is well maintained but has children's corner with swings and basketball court.”
“There are not many beautiful parks in Delhi that are well maintained and, at the same time, open for children to play in,” she said. “I take my walks here every day and can't think of going anywhere else.”
For Sukun, the beginning was not very easy.
“It was a junkyard before we took over,” Singh said. “It was used for functions and was in a mess all the time. We had to face the chaos after the guests had left the functions.”
Some like-minded residents got together and decided to take things in their own hands.
A committee was formed and a park society was registered. An understanding was signed with the MCD and around 12 residents contributed Rs. 20,000 each to form a corpus fund.
“We tried very hard to motivate everyone in the area and charged Rs. 600 per family for membership in the beginning,” she said.
“Now people contribute Rs. 1,000 per month and we have employed three gardeners and a 12-hour guard,” she said.