The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed all civic agencies to file detailed reports on the state of the parks available for children in the city, after the court appointed amicus curiae Nidhesh Gupta informed the court that most of the parks were “death traps” and unsafe for the children.
Last month, the court had taken suo motu cognizance of the condition of parks in the city after receiving a letter from a Supreme Court Judge regarding the deplorable condition of children’s parks.
The court had observed that children were being denied their fundamental rights due to lack of maintenance and upkeep of the parks. In his report filed on Wednesday, Gupta submitted colour photographs of several parks owned by the DDA and municipal corporations, which had broken or missing swings, rusted and damaged slides. The pictures also showed other damaged playground equipment with wires and nails sticking out.
The report covers parks at India Gate, the Sarojini Nagar lake park, parks at Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, GK-I and Lodhi Colony.
In an order passed in April, the court had directed the New Delhi Municipal Council and the municipal corporations to take immediate steps to repair the equipment in Children’s Park at India gate and the Lake Park near Sarojini Nagar. The civic agencies had, however, failed to submit any reports, and requested for more time. The court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw on Wednesday pulled up the civic agencies for failing to file the reports, and has granted them three weeks time to submit their reports. “The reports must positively be filed by May 30,” the court said.