Lush green Fish Park craves for admn's attention

  • Kamaljit Singh Kamal, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 22:38 IST

The only operational park in the town - Fish Park - is in bad shape due to lack of its proper maintenance. Spread over eight-acre premises, it is situated between residences of district and sessions judge and deputy commissioner.

The lush green park sans working toilets

At the park, the toilet for men is closed after 10am everyday, while the toilet for women has not been used for years due to its poor upkeep. In addition, in the absence of a guard things like power batteries of solar lights worth several lakhs, electric wires, pipes and taps have been stolen. There are over sixty lighting points in the park, but only three are functional.
The municipal council has deployed a woman sweeper, but she complains of having no requisite equipment for cleaning.

Some of the visitors, especially senior citizens, have developed the habit of parking their vehicles inside the park for hours and there is nobody to check this practice to keep order and discipline.

As Nehru Park - another old park in the town - has lost its sheen, the Fish Park is the only choice left for the park visitors.

The park was renamed as Shaheed Maj Balwinder Singh (Sena Medal) Park a few years ago, yet it is popularly known as Fish Park.

The park has an inner circle of 313 metre (.31km) and outer circle of 950 metre (.95km) for health enthusiasts.

Morning walkers, joggers and runners from across the town visit here to breathe fresh air and de-stress in lush green surrounding of the nature.

Gurdaspur sub-divisional magistrate Manmohan Singh Kang told Hindustan Times that he would ask municipal executive officer to check illegal activities going on in the park and improve its condition.

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