For all its plush malls, international restaurant chains and neck-craning buildings, the Millennium City is not exactly the best place for children to grow up — thanks to lack of sufficient playgrounds. Unlike the neighbouring national Capital with its abundance of parks and playgrounds, Gurgaon scores dismally on this front.
To discuss this issue, Hindustan Times Gurgaon Live organised an interactive session with various residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) on Saturday. After two-and-a-half hours of brainstorming, the residents decided to form an association which will take up the matter with the authorities.
The association will ask the government to build at least one playground in each sector to give “children their basic right” to play. The residents are planning to form the association in a month’s time during which they will hold various meetings and get parents’ feedback.
“We will meet the authorities and our local political representatives (councillors, MLAs and MPs) and ask them to consider creating space for children in each community,” said Sanjeev Saxena, a resident of Sector 45.
Though the city is not completely devoid of playgrounds, ill-maintenance and official apathy make sure these grounds always sport a deserted look.
Children playing in the confines of society complexes is a common sight here.
Residents say they will try and mobilise public support to make the movement successful.
“We will engage children and parents. We will also seek help from activists who have compelled the government to dedicate playgrounds for children in Delhi,” said RS Raghav, president, Sector 15 RWA.
LR Yadav, a resident of Sector 23, complained the parks in the city “are too small and neglected with broken benches and swings”. The private builders’ areas are no better.
“Some of the lesser fortunate colonies have to be satisfied with a lone badminton court or a patchy lawn,” said RS Minhas, a resident of Sushant Lok.
Through the association, the residents aim to force the government to make compulsory provision for playgrounds in the zoning plan — an essential part of Master Plan.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority welcomed the citizens’ initiative. “This is a good idea. We fully agree with the residents on the matter. Once we get a proposal, we will implement it at the earliest,” said an official.