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125-year-old Ranital Garden faces neglect at the hands of MC

punjab Updated: Nov 17, 2014 21:01 IST
Shalender Kalra

Founded in 1889, the Ranital Garden completed 125 years of existence this year, but unfortunately the municipal council has neglected its historic significance.

No function has been organised to celebrate the occasion and the Nahan municipal council is the second oldest in the country after Kolkata. A large function was organised on its centenary in 1989.

Despite its historical significance, the garden is crying for attention. In 2011, the council had initiated a pilot project for the beautification of the garden but it never fully materialised.

The beauty of the garden can be seen in the Bollywood film “Gunaho Ka Devata” which was shot here in the 60s. In later years, the garden fell into a state of ruin. The garden, which was regarded as the best in North India, has now lost all its glory due to neglect.

The 393-year-old town has many places of historic interest, but this garden is one of the most prominent among them.

According to sources, the council cites paucity of funds as responsible for the state of neglect of the garden. The statues, historic water fountain and walking plaza are in a pitiable condition.

According to town citizens, these statues were built by an Italian architect. The boats in the pond lie unused as well. Even aquatic flora and fauna are endangered because of the pollution in the pond.

Executive officer SS Negi said the issue was not brought to his notice and the issue for celebrating the garden's 125 years would also be put forward in the house.

Lack of funds in the municipal council is considered a reason for the pitiable condition of the garden.

But sources said now that the council was earning rich dividends by selling land to the government, therefore a part of that money should also be spent for improving the condition of historic assets.

Notably, the council has earned around Rs 4 crore by selling land to the education and income tax department in the last quarter.