Rajiv Gandhi Park craves for attention, authorities oblivious

Karan Choudhary
Belying the tall claims of the state government of carrying development at all spheres to facilitate the common people, the Rajiv Gandhi Park established at Ward number 56, Gangyal is dying slow death due
to apathy of the concerned department.
The apathetic approach of the concerned department has turned otherwise green and flourishing park into desert, with ripped off path tiles, uprooted recreational equipments and lack of other basic facilities.
The park was constructed by Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) in 2008 on the land of Irrigation department and later it was developed with help of Floriculture department and constructed pathway for easy walk.
For the children there was recreational equipment, which are now in pathetic condition and path of the park is in shambles. To felicitate around 30 thousand masses of ward number 56 and its adjoining areas, this park was constructed by the state administration but due to careless approach of the concerned department nothing has been done to maintain and up gradation of the park, causing huge inconvenience to the masses. According to locals, “The previous governments had made a plan to increase the stretch of the park which will connect sector 2 to peer baba area so that the land many not be encroached but after new government came to power the project remained in limbo.
They said that the park was established after a delegation of locals meet the concerned department and requested for the park in the area. “Although, the concerned department established the park, but in the name of up gradation and maintenance, nothing was done at ground level,” said a local Puran Chand, adding “Everybody before elections made promises to provide basic facilities but after election nobody bothers about the problems of the masses.” He appealed to the new government and concerned administration to intervene into the matter so that people of the area can get the benefit of the park.
Score of locals maintained that the concerned department was suggested for the extension and up gradation of the park in which a library was proposed to establish, said Ex-cooperator Satish Sharma, adding even the path of the park was constructed with money collected from pockets of the people, but it developed cracks due to rains, resulting into inconvenience to the people.

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