The Shaheed Captain KK Gaur municipal park, situated in the heart of the Budhlada city, has turned into a store house for scrap material. The park neighours a Jain Mandir which has allegedly encroached on the park land.
Durga Prasad, the gardener who has been serving the park since 1978, said the park had turned into a scrap storage area.
"I have been serving here for the past 30 years, but the administration has not done anything. Earlier, a senior official in the district administration decided to renovate the park but another official misled him and the park could not be renovated," said Prasad.
Residents claim there are numerous issues with the park which need to be addressed. "There is no caretaker. The neighbouring Jain Mandir and its trustees have been trying their best to make the park a better place. If the mandir authorities would not have taken care of the park, it would have been in a much worse condition," said Sanjeev Goyal, who runs a cloth shop near the park.
However, the gardener said the temple had encroached on the land under the park but no one from the administration had taken any action regarding this.
Locals said the park lacked in providing drinking water and proper toilets, while the fountain in the centre of the park did not function at all.
SDM Budhlada Anmol Singh Dhaliwal defended the shortcomings of the park and clarified that due to shortage of funds at the state level, it was not possible to maintain the park.
"We cannot compare the municipal park with the rose garden of Chandigarh. We don't have enough space in the city to store scrap material due to which we are using the park."
Many small shops have come up just outside the park premises, blocking the footpath. The SDM said he would take proper action to ensure the park boasts of basic facilities. He denied there had been investment from the temple authorities who could not be reached for their comments.