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As the sun sets, dingy side of royal city takes over

Strewn cigarette buds, used syringes, capsules, injections, burnt foil papers, empty cough syrup bottles and foul smell of liquor are common sight at isolated buildings in the rear side of heritage monuments and parks in the royal city.

punjab Updated: Oct 15, 2013 22:45 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

Strewn cigarette buds, used syringes, capsules, injections, burnt foil papers, empty cough syrup bottles and foul smell of liquor are common sight at isolated buildings in the rear side of heritage monuments and parks in the royal city.


Once pride of the city, these isolated buildings have now become nuisance for the locals with miscreants and drug addicts using these as safe havens for their shady and underground activities.

Activities of these miscreants are not only confined to those isolated building, but have spread their tentacles all around the city, not even sparing children parks and playgrounds; but thanks to the officials' apathy that they are flourishing and mushrooming right under their nose.

The authorities' impervious attitude is in stark contrast with the Punjab government's effort to check growing menace of drugs by opening de-addiction centres across the state to rehabilitate the affected persons.

City residents rue that the miscreants take advantage of the authorities' lackadaisical attitude and continue with their misdeeds unchecked right in the heart of the city.

Balwinder Singh, a resident of Charan Bagh, said: “Drug-addicts have changed the face of the environmental park here by turning it into an insecure zone for the children. Foul smell, drugs waste residues and overgrown weed are omnipresent in the park.”

As the sun sets, the dingy side of the city takes over - staircases of flyover of bus stand and 21 number railway crossing, Deer Park, rear side of Rajindra Lake, side lanes of railway tracks, Multipurpose Indoor Stadium at Raja Bhalender Singh Stadium, Polo Ground and isolated buildings behind heritage monument Sheesh Mahal, along with parks - all become hub of unsocial and illegal activities.

Contrary to residents' claim that they have made several complaints, but to no avail; the authorities claimed that they did not receive any such complaint neither it was brought to their notice.

Most of the isolated infrastructures are being used by drug abusers, especially for puffing smack, complain locals.

“There is no place where we can send our children to play. The parks have turned into miscreants' hubs. Moreover, drug addicts are also involved in snatching incidents involving women and elderly. The city's security is at risk,” said Shruti Singh, a resident of Rajpura Colony.

In the absence of adequate number of night watchmen and scarce police patrolling, the miscreants using government infrastructure for their unsocial and illegal activities are on high. The authority concerned need to come out of their comfort zone for the safety of the people.