A large number of parks in Chandigarh lacks maintenance. Currently, the city has about 1,900 parks under the green belt scheme covering 25 different sectors with almost four to five parks under each sector.
Some of the parks have not seen the pruning of hedges since long and others have quite long and dense grasses.
At certain parks it came under notice that although a dustbin has been provided, however it is hardly used.
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Dismantled railings and uneven tracks sums up to the vanity of the parks and their caretakers. At certain parks benches are either broken or in a pathetic condition that a person cannot sit over them. Above all, high voltage electricity towers with naked transmitters always stands as a risk of fatal accidents.
Manoj Sood, a resident of sector 20 C, expressed his concerns over the situation of the parks in his vicinity. He said, “parks are meant to be kept in proper shape and position otherwise they would simply turn up into a mini forest.” He further added that the unleveled grass in the park and water logging diminishes the beauty and hygiene of the park and its premises.
When this issue was discussed with the horticulture department of Chandigarh, Rakesh working as a clerk there stated that almost all the parks in the city are privatised. Since the horticulture department itself doesn’t have enough provisions and worker who can take care of every single park, the department has to lend the parks on a lease to various RWAs throughout the city on per meter square basis.
Further it is the responsibility of RWAs to hire workmen for various purposes to maintain the parks. He also added, “every week a thorough inspection is being done to check the working of the RWAs and the workmen it has hired for the same.”
“There is a grievance cell in our office that works effectively over the complaints and queries of the public with parks related issue”, he informed.