The green belt and parks along the stretch from the Ishmeet Singh Marg chowk to Dana Mandi are in a pathetic condition. The municipal corporation’s apathy has turned these parks into garbage dumping sites.
With no gardeners visiting the green belt for maintenance, growth of wild grass goes unchecked, say residents.
During a visit to the area, fences were found broken. Although parks are meant for residents to relax and for children to play, no swings were found. Due to the non-availability of public toilets, homeless people and slum-dwellers end up using the green belt for relieving themselves, leading to foul smell emanating from the area.
Also, sanitation workers reportedly burn the waste in the green belt, but the authorities concerned seem least interested to improve the condition of the area.
In the absence of any checks, residents have encroached upon some patches of the green belt.
The MC horticulture department officials say that staff shortage is to be blamed for the ill-maintained parks. In fact, only one park is maintained by the MC, the one near the graveyard in Model Town.