Visitors to Kamla Nehru Park in Sadar Bazar, which is perhaps the only patch of green in that part of the city, want the municipal corporation to upgrade facilities in the park and these include restoration of an open air theatre, which has turned into a veritable garbage dump for want of repairs and renovation.
A delegation of visitors to the Kamla Nehru park called on the Municipal Commissioner, Gurgaon recently and urged him to undertake necessary measures to boost infrastructure at the park and take it back to its halcyon days.
JN Mangla, president, Kamla Nehru Park Sudhar Samiti in Sadar Bazar, Gurgaon, said that the park was the only green space in the Old city area and there was a desperate need to upgrade facilities there.
“The open air theatre is being used as a garbage dump. Shop owners from Sadar Bazar and the nearby vegetable market dump their waste there. There is so much stench in the park that it impossible for visitors to take a stroll and hang around,” Mangla said.
The delegates also asked the MCG officials to beautify the park, renovate the swimming pool and utilise the open air space for sporting activities. “There was a plan to build a (sports) complex on this land, but if that is not possible then the corporation should at least build an indoor stadium or simply ensure that this area remains clean,” Prem Bansal, general secretary of the Samiti, said.
The delegates said they have taken care of the park’s maintenance for almost 10 to 12 years. “We are paid Rs 1.35 paisa per sq meter for maintaining the park and it falls woefully short of what we need to ensure minimum upkeep. The monthly expense for maintenance has doubled to ₹60,000. Though the MCG recently increased the allotment per square to ₹3, it is not being paid. The money should be released every month,” Mangla said.
He further said the MCG chief assured the delegates that the open air theatre will be refurbished and measures will be taken to upgrade facilities at the park.
Presently, the park is being maintained by virtue of donations by the samiti members and visitors.