Dwarka: Lush green grass, flowers, swings, benches commonly conjure up when one talks about a public garden. Sadly, it is not always the case at parks in the city. Though few DDA parks are well maintained, still some parks remain in a state of neglect.
CitySpidey took a tour of a DDA park located near Metro station at Sector 13 in Dwarka on Friday. The park was found to be ill-managed and did not appear as we all expect the parks to be.
Park visitors said that there is a lot that needs to be improved when it comes to the safety and cleanliness of the parks. The park was previously lush green. Now it has become dry, all because of improper maintenance.
The trees were not trimmed properly. Big overgrown unkempt grass can be seen all over the park. There are broken benches, horticulture waste, damaged fencing and no swings for children.
Vinita Sharma, a resident of Sector 13 said, “Visitors also litter the place. The children want to go out and parks are most often their favourite hangout place. But here in Sector 13 park, there are no facilities for children.’’
Due to Covid-19, very few people visit the park, even for walking. Thus, the park has become a space frequented by tipplers.
Rajiv Sachdeva, another resident of the area said, “Tipplers often leave liquor bottles and food waste in the park and repeated complaints have borne no fruits.”
The park has a rusty gate and there is no light in the park. Thus, anti-social elements easily move around inside the park.
Nitin Arya, a frequent park visitor said, “The park has become a joint of anti-social elements with broken chairs, no lights and broken gate. Even stray dogs roam freely. The authorities should look into this matter.’’
As per the information written on the erected board in the park, the horticulture department of DDA is responsible for its maintenance.