This monsoon, your neighbourhood Delhi Development Authority (DDA) park would not only sport a lush green look but also offer much better facilities.
Last year, the DDA had decided to build toilets in all its parks that measure five acres or more. The authority is now working on the project on a war footing with the first batch of toilet blocks expected to open very soon.
Apart from building toilets in parks for the first time, the authority is also repairing and refurbishing jogging tracks, boundary walls, gazebos, etc., across all its parks.
To begin with, 20 toilets will be completed first in East zone, nine each in Rohini and North zone and 10 in Dwarka zone.
“Work in most parks is being taken up and standard designs for all these toilets have already been prepared,” said DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar.
“Work for providing electricity in the parks has been taken up and repairing work at quite a few has been completed,” she added.
The DDA is electrifying all its 882 parks in Delhi. At present, 72% electric poles in 661 parks are in a working condition. The authority plans to make all electric poles functional. It will provide lighting in 221 other parks as well.
In September 2011, the DDA had decided on uniform maintenance for all its parks and issued guidelines in this regard. Accordingly, the DDA had decided to provide electricity and toilets in all its parks.
Emphasis is being laid on the quality of lighting arrangements at parks. The electric poles will be 5-6 metres tall, 30 metres apart and installed on the sides so these don’t affect the park’s greenery.