Bhim Rao Ambedkar park needs govt help for maintenance

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 22:52 IST

The Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar park located near the old grain market and railway station in Faridkot needs government help for its maintenance and is currently being maintained by some private organisations.

"The park was set up by social organisations on government land with the help of the government in 2002. But now, there is no help from the government for its maintenance and we can also not afford to look after it regularly and properly. We try to keep it clean and hire some workers to clear it of weeds but the problem re-surfaces within a few months," said Gurcharan Singh Sandhu, president of a Scheduled Caste (SC) and Backward Classes (BC) employees union of Punjab.

"We wanted flower beds in the park and a hand pump to make the park look attractive but the organisations can't afford to pay for a gardener and other expenses," he said.

Sandhu requested the district administration to help maintain the park so that people could come and spend their leisure time here.

Vipan Kaushal, a document writer in the district court of Faridkot said, "The government must extend the required funds for the maintenance of the park as green spaces are rare because of shortage of open spaces. The district administration can help social organisations plant flowers, clear weeds and dig up a hand pump."

Sandhu also requested the district administration to auction the three Jamun trees in the park and spend the money earned from their annual contract on the upkeep of the park.
The badly-broken stretch from Sadak chowk to Talwandi road also destroys the beauty of the park as the dust from the road settles on the park.

Mohammad Tayyab, district commissioner (DC),said, "I shall look into the matter and all the possible help will be extended for the maintenance of the park."

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