Parks at D block, Ranjit Avenue, in scruffy state owing to disparity in maintenance

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 23:30 IST

Parks are not just supposed to be a mere piece of green land carved out in residential areas rather it is a well-kept area that needs to be nurtured regularly and should have facilities of public utility. However, things are not the same at D block area in Ranjit Avenue, where parks and green belt areas are found to be in pathetic state.

The green belts are in a shabby condition, while the condition of most of the parks is pitiable with pavements broken and excessive growth of weed and congress grass, covering even benches and swings. Trees are planted in non-planned way, while stray dogs spreading filth inside the sitting areas.

Many women of nearby localities complain that roads are unsafe for morning or evening walk and parks are in such a condition that they cannot find a place to sit and practice yoga.
Sharing the problem, chairman of improvement trust Sandeep Rishi said, "Earlier there was only one residential association, but there are two now. Representatives of both associations meet me personally and we support them financially and provide periodic repairs. The improvement trust does not have gardeners and sweepers to provide, they will have to arrange them. Moreover, partiality in maintaining the parks should be avoided.

"There are six parks, out of which only two are maintained and the rest needs to be developed. We have handed over three parks to new residential association president Balwinder Singh, retire air force warrant officer, and three would be under the previous residential association."

Olympian Brig Harcharan Singh, a resident of D block, said: "Parks are not just green patches carved in residential areas rather they are outdoor community centres, but unfortunately there has been disparity in maintenance, and thus, a few parks in our area are lying in pathetic state. Two months back I met Sandeep Rishi regarding maintenance of the parks, then a few days back local body minister Anil Joshi was also invited to rectify the situation and bring parks to a level but again despite assurance there has been no visible change."

Col DS Sandhu, social worker and president of a residential association, said "I have got full support of the municipal corporation and improvement trust in maintaining the parks. The parks that our association maintains are fully developed, because we personally supervise the maintenance work every morning. However, there is lack of cooperation from residents living in this block. People do not want to take initiative and lack civic sense. We need to put collective effort for the betterment of the parks."

However, Balwinder Singh said, "I have got three parks, which are in a mess with gates, pavements, swings, stools are broken and filth spread everywhere. We also met the local body minister and Sandeep Rishi, who assured that the parks would be maintained and results would be visible by the end of October."

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