Two years ago, the Panchkuian Road ramp area had come up as a green belt. Today, heavy construction materials lie strewn across this park, damaging its greenery.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had developed the tunnel slab at the ramp area as a green belt in early 2011 and handed it over to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
The civic agency, instead of maintaining the green belt, allegedly started dumping heavy construction material there. "Dumping of such heavy items not only damages the greenery, but is also a safety hazard as the area has a shallow soil cover over the Metro tunnel structure. No heavy structure or mechanical excavation should be carried out here," said a DMRC official.
"However, the area is now loaded with concrete blocks, heavy girders and other equipment, which may damage the tunnel structure," he added.
The DMRC, which had acquired the land for the construction of a tunnel for the Blue line during the Phase 1 of Metro construction in early 2000, has repeatedly urged the NDMC to remove the heavy construction materials but to no avail.
"We have written to the NDMC on the issue at least thrice last year - on April 12, June 1 and June 25. But no action has been taken so far," a DMRC official said.
When contacted, a senior NDMC official said the Engineers India Limited has been using it as a dumping ground for the construction material of the Connaught Place revamp project.
"It will take 15-20 days to clear it completely. We have been removing it slowly. Once it's completely cleared, the NDMC will maintain it and the horticulture department will be entrusted with its beautification," the official said.