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Pathetic condition of parks keeps visitors away; swings, lights dysfunctional for long

The public parks in most areas of the city are in a pathetic condition due to negligence of Municipal Corporation (MC). Public parks and playgrounds had always been very essential for promoting healthy activities among citizens, but unfortunately the neglected parks have failed to attract any visitors, while families have started to avoid visiting these parks due to poor management.

punjab Updated: Feb 27, 2015 14:47 IST
Sukhpreet Singh
Ludhiana

The public parks in most areas of the city are in a pathetic condition due to negligence of Municipal Corporation (MC). Public parks and playgrounds had always been very essential for promoting healthy activities among citizens, but unfortunately the neglected parks have failed to attract any visitors, while families have started to avoid visiting these parks due to poor management.

The parks in Dashmesh Nagar near Gill road, near Chhawani Mohalla and Salem Tabri had been lying in a pathetic condition because jogging tracks, swings, lights and benches installed in these parks had been dysfunctional for a long time. arbage and stagnant water add to the woes of the visitors.

Around 10 years ago, the parks along this road near Chhawani Mohalla and Salem Tabri were upgraded, but the MC authorities have failed to maintain these parks. While majority of the swings have rusted, the boundary grills of some parks are broken.

According to residents, gardeners do not visit these parks where wild grass have been growing unchecked. Wild grass should be cut and garbage should be removed to retain the beauty of these parks, said residents.

There are several areas in the city where there are no parks available in the areas, though residents claimed that they do not even hope for the development of the area as the area is lacking basic facilities. It is pertinent to mention here that lakhs of rupees have been spent for beautification of these parks, but the civic body has failed to maintain them.

Residents of Dashmesh Nagar near Gill road said from the past many years, the fountain installed in the park was not functioned and the park was not maintained since past several years. Moreover, wild grass has not been trimmed from past many months.

Official speak

Maientence work in some parks of the city has started and rest of the parks will also be covered. All the pending payments of the parks will be given soon. GK Singh, MC commissioner.

Councillor speak

Public participation should be must during maintenance of parks as residents should contribute towards beautification of these parks. The civic body always lacks funds. Jagbir S Sokhi, Ward 63 councillor.

Resident speak

Wild grass is growing in the parks of our area. Children do not go to these parks as their parents do not allow them to go due to fear of infection. Navpreet Bhattal, Rajguru Nagar resident.

Wild grass is not trimmed since past many months. Children play in their houses rather than in parks as swings have caught rust. Ginni Cheema, Chowani Mohalla resident.