Pitiable condition of Nehru Rose Garden a testimony to MC’s apathy

  • Mehak Jain, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2014 16:16 IST

With depleting green belt areas in the city residents prefer spending morning and evening hours at parks and gardens, including Nehru Rose Garden.

Owing to its location and greenery, the rose garden is a favourite with morning and evening walkers, but the civic authorities has failed to maintain it.

There is no proper arrangement of drinking water for visitors, as water trickles down from taps and there has been no repair. The nuisance by stray dogs is another factor that irks the visitors, who come to the serene environs of this old garden looking for some peaceful moments.

Reeta Nanda, a regular visitor to the rose garden, said: “Despite knowing that it’s a rainy season and children like to spend their evening in the garden, its condition is pathetic.”

“The swings installed for children are out of order and thus risky, posing distress among parents about the safety of their children,”she added.

Most of the lights are non-functional and those which work are kept lit during the daytime.

A walker, Nandini, suggested that the municipal corporation could come up with automatic timer to deal with such issue.

Besides grasses have not been cut properly. As per visitors, cleaning is also not being done on regular basis.

Also the toilets are in a pitiable condition -filthy seats, unclean floors, chocked drainage and unbearable stench emanating from it.

Heaps of garbage and dried leaves welcome the visitors at the garden, while the fountains have not been functioning for long. Besides the garden has also become a save heaven for drug addicts - empty syringes and empty bottles of cough syrups can be seen strewn at various corners.

“Already we are facing criticism over poor condition of tourism sites in Ludhiana, thus the MC must look into the issue. The rose garden is an important tourist spot in the city,”said Rohit Dawar, a daily walker.

MC commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agarwal said: “We don’t have enough funds for its maintenance, but we will take steps for its maintenance.”

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