Taking serious note of the worst condition of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Janana Park the local people staged protest against Floriculture Department, here on Monday.
Leading the protesters said that with mercury touching 42 degree centigrade in Kathua, people throng either towards Dream Land Park or to this park to have a little bit relief from scorching heat. He further added that during evening hours, the whole park buzz with activity mainly from where the canal water flows next to Janana Park. During, that time the crowd seems as if some fair is going on. Hundreds of people including children, youngsters, adults, males and females use to have fun in the park.
However, due to the lackadaisical attitude of Floriculture Department and District Administration the park had turned to shambles. Woman and Children Park has been lying in worst condition because of absence of lighting system since it coming up at Kathua as people forced to face hardships especially in nighttime. “The females hesitate to visit the park late hours due to the absence of proper lighting system in the park”, he added.
He further added that fountain, fixed in the park had become a showpiece as it never works, the plants are drying in lack of proper irrigation and the footpath tiles broken at many places.
SK Bhandari interacting with the media urged the local MLA and administration that they should take serious notice of the park’s condition and issue directions to the concerned department to set up lighting system to bring the park in order especially in night hours.
He said, Kathua town has only one such kind of park situated in the heart of city where a large amount of people do walk and get relax in which majority is of the women and children but due to the lack of lighting system it becomes so difficult to take the advantage park at night time. Not only this negative factor but also chances of criminal acts could be come to happen.
Raman Kumar, Ajay Singh, lalit Kumar, Aatish Kumar, Mohit Kumar, Kamal Kumar and many other were among the protesters.