Abject failure of the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) in taking care of its properties is reflected from the pathetic condition of a big park along Power House road here.
The negligence on the part of the BDA has turned this park into a dumping site. The park, which could have served the purpose of a recreational area for people, is bearing an ugly look these days.
The entire boundary wall around the park has been brought down by mischievous elements turning it virtually into an open space. Garbage is lying all around the park and the presence of stray animals clearly points to the negligent attitude of the authorities towards maintaining it.
The shopkeepers who run 'rehris' near the park say the park was once a good place for people to take a walk but for quite some time it has been lying in a dilapidated condition due to the continuous failure in ensuring its proper upkeep.
Sanjeev Kumar, a shopkeeper, said the park was in a good condition about a year ago but due to negligence of the administration it had been turned into a dumping site.
"Earlier, people used to throng this park in the morning and evening but now nobody comes here. Anti-social elements have brought down the boundary wall of the park," he said.
Madan Kumar, another shopkeeper, said even their business was suffering due to the present condition of the park as the area is bearing an ugly look due to lack of proper upkeep. "The park was a clean and green place but these days it is lying in a shambles," he said.
BDA chief administrator Varinder Kumar Sharma, when contacted, said he is well aware of the condition of the park and a plan for its revamp is already on the agenda. "Plantation will be done in the park to make it a greener place. Besides, an estimate is being prepared to put up a boundary wall around the park," he said. He, however, did not give any specific time period for completing the facelift work.
The park was in a good condition about a year ago but due to continuous negligence by the administration it has been turned into a dumping site.
Sanjeev Kumar, shopkeeper
Our business is also suffering due to present condition of the park as the area is bearing an ugly look due to lack in proper upkeep.
Madan Kumar, shopkeeper
I am well aware of the condition of the park and a plan for its revamp is already on the agenda. Plantation will be done to make it green.
Varinder Kumar Sharma, chief administrator, BDA