Even in its neglected form, the Mir Alam Tank draws visitors. While a major chunk of them are locals, a few who turn up turn out to be those acquainted with its serene environment. The water body remains on the list of favourite haunts for many from the older parts of this city. Right from fishing to swimming, playing cricket to kabaddi, groups of boys could be seen enjoying their Sundays in and around the lake, never mind the stinking smell and the huge carpet of water hyacinth spread over the lake surface.
The tall promises of the authorities hardly helped change the scenario with little being done to upgrade the facility. A muddy path that runs around the lake turns slushy during the rainy season, but still manages to attract young motorists to test their driving skills.
“We had dreamt that the lake will resemble the Tank Bund and the Necklace road but it might take many years to transform Mir Alam Tank like that,” feels Jameel Ahmed, an Intermediate student. “But we are utilising whatever exists here although they are in a neglected form. The garbage that lies spread around the lake surroundings stinks. In order to get rid of it, we burn it off,” says his companion who did not want to reveal his name.
The lake on Sundays draws hundreds of teenagers from far off places. With hook and line they spend time catching fish in the murky water that has bountiful of big fish while those least interested in the ‘shikar' hit the ball with a bat and make runs.
“One can also spot many peacocks in the small island lying amidst the water body,” says Abdul Qayyum, a local teenager. If the place is put to good use on Sundays, the evenings on any other weekday converts this unmanned stretch into a den of vices. Empty beer bottles and packs of playing cards say it all. No doubt, a contrasting tale of two different Necklace Roads.
ASIF YAR KHAN
Right from fishing to swimming, playing cricket to kabaddi, groups of boys can be seen enjoying their Sundays in and around the lake, never mind the stench