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Parks turning into parking lots; MC passive

Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, November 18, 2013
First Published: 20:04 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 20:07 IST(18/11/2013)

The parks of the city are in a condition of neglect. Owing to non-maintenance, most parks have fully grown wild grass, while others are slowly turning into parking lots.

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Since the formation of new House of the municipal corporation, nearly 14 months ago, no sub-committee of councillors had been formed to check the condition of parks.

The MC is responsible to take care of 353 parks in the city for which it has 509 gardeners, of which 101 are working on regular basis. A regular jog or a walk in these parks had become a distant dream, rued residents.

The HT team noticed that one such park at Phagwara Gate had been developed into concrete-floored parking lot and an old board erected there was the only pointer that it was once a park.

At Chandan Nagar, several cars were seen parked inside a park. "In late evening, there is no space left to take a stroll or to play. People have found a secure place for parking their vehicles but they are not concerned about greenery and ecology," Mohit Aggarwal, a Chandan Nagar resident, lamented.

In the Bastiat area also, several parks were seen in a neglected condition. At Mota Singh Nagar, Railway Road, new Rajinder Nagar and Krishan Nagar, parks continue to remain in a neglected condition.

At Baba Budha Ji park on the 120 feet road, wild grass has covered all the areas. After seeing MC's inaction for years, people had started developing parks on their own at Surya Enclave.

Peoplespeak
Earlier, children used to play in parks and women and families would spend leisure time there. Now it has turned into a parking lot. Parents now stop children from going to park because they fear they will harm vehicles, Dhiraj Chadha.

We wonder what gardeners working with the MC are doing when all parks are in a neglected condition. The MC should consider other options for upkeep of parks, Arun Sharma.

In every meeting of the MC, we have raised the issue of bad condition of parks, but our requests have fallen on deaf ears of the authorities. Sushil Kumar Rinku, councillor.

Authorityspeak
To maintain parks, we are trying to rope in industrial houses and businessmen. The condition can be improved only when public is sensitised over the matter. We are deliberating on different options and soon, we would start working on improving the condition of parks. Sunil Jyoti, mayor.

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