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Security and safety go for a toss at mission road park

punjab Updated: Sep 16, 2014 22:52 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times
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Like any other park in the town, the park at Mission Road Colony is more or less ruled by addicts or so-called lovebirds, who took to fight when their activities are objected by locals, and thus, the locals feel threatened by the unwelcome guest here.

The presence of addicts and lovebirds also points to poor state of security and safety of the visitors at the park.

The mission road park came into existence around 30 years back when the Pathankot Improvement Trust had crafted a well-designed colony and also took contributions in the name of maintaining a beautiful park.

The locals, who had dreamt of a beautiful park in their vicinity, now repent their elders' decision as children playing cricket in the park break their window panes, while addicts hurl abuses at passers-by as the sun sets.

The improvement trust had handed over this park to the municipal council ((now corporation) after five years for maintenance; however, the council has dug a deep bore well to supply water in the locality much against the delight of the locals, who claimed that the council had killed the beauty of the park.

A visit to the park bears apathy of the municipal corporation (MC) in maintaining the park, with grass growing tall, broken stones lying at martyrs' place and dust covering the granite stone.

"There are many tress at the park, but people living around it have cut these short to allow sunlight enter their houses," claimed Sanjeev Puri, a local resident.

Another local resident, Dr Anil Gupta, said sometime the park seemed nothing but a nuisance, as children playing cricket at the park had broken many of his windowpanes. When we complained to their parents, they rued the park was not a private property, said Dr Gupta, adding, the parents must make their children understand other's problems.

Mandeep Lohia, also a local living near the park, said when the sun sets addicts appeared at the park, besides acts of lovebirds embarrassed us. Police should keep a watch on these elements and maintain law and order at the park, said Lohia.

Joint commissioner of Pathankot corporation Amit Mahajan said: "The deputy commissioner had asked me to look into the problem, as parks were meant for children, where favourable atmosphere was needed. I would meet the Pathankot SSP to ensure good atmosphere at the parks in the town."

Residents speak

The park should be full of trees and smooth grass, for which a caretaker is required to save the trees. Locals should also avoid pruning the trees for allowing sunlight enters their houses.
Sanjeev Puri, a local

The parents of the children playing cricket at the park must make them understand our problems. Everyday, the children break windowpane of some house. This is a park, not a play ground.
Dr Anil Gupta, a local

Police should crack down on addicts taking shelter in parks and also on lovebirds, who hardly bother about anybody's presence around them at the public park. This embarrasses us.
Mandeep Lohia, a local

Official speaks

The deputy commissioner has asked me to look into the problems, as parks are meant for children, where favourable atmosphere is needed. I will share the problem with SSP.
Amit Mahajan, joint commissioner, Pathankot corporation