There are not enough benches; the grass has not been pruned; stagnating water has become the breeding ground for mosquitoes — the place is clearly falling apart.
Park after park, it’s the same story, the same apathy. The neighbourhood park of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in Sector 3, behind Heritage Tower Apartments and Welcome Apartments, reeks of poor maintenance and civic negligence.
There are not enough benches; the grass has not been pruned; stagnating water in patches invites deadly mosquitoes; the slabs over the drain at the entrance are broken; there are open fuse boxes. It’s not just one or two things, the whole place is falling apart.
Namita Chaudhary, a social worker and a resident of Heritage Towers, said, "The maintenance of the park is very poor. Hundreds of children visit every day to study under the volunteers of Chhoti Si Khushi, a social organisation. But they are finding it difficult to continue because of the dirty surroundings and the mosquitoes. The DDA should really pay attention to the issue."
The park is surrounded by many societies, including Heritage Towers, National Apartments, Welcome Apartments, Astha Kunj, Kairali Apartments and Air India Apartments.
Residents of these societies use the park for morning and evening walks, and want it maintained.
Former president of National Apartments, OP Thakur, said, “More than 10 societies use this park. People from nearby areas also come here because of its location. But DDA doesn't seem to care!”
Ramneet Kaur, a resident of Welcome Apartments, said, "If you visit this park in the evening, you’ll see how many people come to this place! But the park has nothing for children — no swings, slides or anything. DDA should provide something for them. At least we need more benches and rain shelters!"
Director of horticulture, DDA, YD Sharma, said, "The tender for maintenance work has been worked out. I will make a recce of the park. Work will start soon.”