Flaying the decision of the local municipal council authotiites to go ahead with construction of a parking lot on half of the land of the Nehru Park in the town, various organisations representing employees, farmers, labourers and other social groups on Sunday announced formation of an 11-member 'Nehru Park Bachao Sangharsh Committee'.
The panel said they would hold a protest march in the town and a rally at the MC office on June 11 morning to register their protest against the use of park land for the parking lot.
The 11-member committee comprises Lal Chand Kataru Chak of Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Sukhdev Singh Bhagokanwan of Punjab Kisan Union, Daljit Singh of Punjab Kisan Sabha, Ramesh Rana of Kirti Kisan Union, Ranjan Wafa of International Human Rights Organisation, Subhash Kere of All India Youth Federation, Gurpreet Ghumman of Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal), Parminder Singh of the SC/BC Teachers Union, Rashpal Singh of Kisan Sangarsh Committee, Amarjit Shastri of Punjab Democratic Employees Front and Kuldeep Singh Purowal of the Government Teachers Union.
Interestingly, several other bodies have extended wholehearted support to the stir on the matter.
The MC authorities maintain that Rs 65 lakh would be spent on construction of a parking lot at the Nehru Park so as to solve the problem of parking in the main markets of Gurdaspur town.
Gurdaspur municipal council president Santosh Kaur Riar had maintained that the people could use Guru Nanak Bagh and Fish Park for morning and evening walks and exercise. Howeverm those opposed to the project asserted that there were many other places that could be used for a parking lot.
They pointed out that the old city police station used as 'maalkhana' by the police department would be the best place for parking since it was situated on the GT Road near the old bus stand and was close to the main market.
They also mentioned the fire brigade building, old zila parishad office and old excise office for the parking lot.
The committee members appealed to the town people to join their proposed protest rally on Tuesday to save the old park.