A two-and-a-half acre of Pai Talaab, a historical place of Mughal era in Jagraon which was being used as a garbage dump by area residents, has now become a green belt where area residents can come for morning and evening walks. The park has a play area for children and offers ample seating arrangements for senior citizens.
The park, which has been built by the Jagraon municipal council at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Rajat Aggarwal on Thursday.
Foul smell had been emanating from the dump, giving a tough time for the devotees of a nearby temple. The area residents had been throwing garbage at this place which had later became a headache for the residents themselves. The DC had deputed the then SDM Apneet Riat, who got the land converted into a green belt as already Jagraon is devoid of green belts.
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The green belt has a footpath for morning walkers. The walkers can listen to music in morning and evening hours. The municipal council has also deputed staff to take care of this park in future, said current SDM R K Popli.
The area in question was of Mughal era and a few remnants of that age were still seen in this garbage dump. A part of the land next to this park is lying vacant. Residents stated that the vacant land should also be converted into a green belt, or the council should make strict arrangements so that it was not converted into yet another garbage dump in the future.
The DC instructed the municipal council to get solar lights installed in this area and make adequate arrangement for watering the plants.