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Cultural centre cries for upkeep

punjab Updated: Dec 25, 2013 19:09 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar
Raghbir Singh Brar
Hindustan Times
Baba Farid Government Academic Research

Baba Farid Government Academic Research, Adult Education and Cultural Centre at Faridkot, the foundation stone of which was laid on February 13, 1992, by the then Punjab governor, Surinder Nath, is wearing a deserted look for years now with most facilities rusting due to minimal use. The amusement park, an auditorium and Rang Manch (open stage) all are in a shambles.

A stone for a renewable energy park of the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) was laid by the then governor, BKN Chibbar, on March 9, 1995, but no work seems to have been done to make it a successful project.

On May 17, 2006, the then deputy commissioner had laid another foundation stone for the expansion of the amusement park, which was meant for children. The park had a rocket ride, a model of a rail engine with a train station, rocket swings and a lake with small boats, but all these facilities are rusting and some of them have broken down. The lake has dried up and coved with thick overgrowth.

"All the infrastructure that was set up has been lying disused for years now as the government is not sincere for its renovation and maintenance. It was the only park to cater to the population of over 1 lakh but crores of rupees spent on it have gone waste," said advocate Jaswant Singh, a Faridkot resident.

The big open stage (Rang Manch) is also in a bad condition and the auditorium also seems to have been used rarely. Grass has grown all over the 4-acre park land and sanitary condition is bad.

Sources claimed that about two years ago, the district administration had demanded about Rs 60 lakh to revamp the park, as per the estimated cost to revamp it, but the government did not provide the money.

"There is a problem of funds due to which the district Red Cross, which is responsible to look after the park, has failed to maintain and revamp it. But we are again discussing the matter on how to revamp and maintain the park," said Roshan Lal Goel, secretary, Red Cross, Faridkot.

"This can be a good facility for people of the town and I am thinking of developing it. I will take up the matter with all concerned and higher authorities to revamp the park," said Mohammad Tayyab, deputy commissioner, Faridkot.

"I have ordered to clean the park immediately," he added.