It has been nearly eight months since the Ghaziabad municipal corporation promised to redevelop the Central Park in Vaishali Sector 4 but failed to deliver on the promise. The residents have now taken the initiative of redeveloping their park to maintain the green and clean surroundings.
The Central Park is located in the heart of Vaishali and caters to residents from sectors 4, 5, 2 and 3 who come here for jogging, walks and other activities.
The residents said that last July, the corporation had floated a tender for the park’s redevelopment at a cost of Rs 16 lakh, but the promised facilities are yet to be delivered.
“Mayor Ashu Verma had inaugurated the park in July. But eight months later, the park is in a shambles. The contract was for installation of lights, huts, grass, plastering, repair of damaged boundary walls and jogging track and plantation of trees. However, the work is yet to start,” said Jagdish Bisht, president of Central Park Lane residents’ welfare association.
“There is no grass on the major stretches, the boundary wall is broken at places and only a couple of lights are functional. The work on two huts which were meant to provide shade and seating facilities has started, but the other works are yet to be completed. The park caters to nearly 3,000-4,000 residents who visit daily but find it tough in the absence of adequate facilities,” said Rakesh Pandey, a Sector 4 resident.
A team of residents is planning to visit the municipal corporation office and apprise the mayor about the undelivered facilities and issues marring the major park.
Verma said he has asked the residents to come to his office and submit a written complaint.
“I will check if the works under the contract are complete or not. I will take proper action against the contractor who has failed to deliver,” he said.
The contract is scheduled to end by March 31 but most of the promised facilities are yet to be delivered. “We have taken some initiatives on our own and will submit our representation to the mayor soon. It is a major park and, yet, it is left in such a deplorable condition,” Bisht said.