Check this menace
This is in response to the article on public parks published in these columns on April 22.
People are afraid of visiting the parks maintained by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, as they are full of unsocial elements and nefarious activities.
The Corporation collects entry fee at Raghavaiah Park and Rajiv Gandhi Park. But, hardly there are any security guards to keep a tab on these activities.
Even if there are any guards, they conveniently ignore fearing a scuffle with unruly elements.
The police should take necessary steps to check this menace, as the parks are the only places of recreation in the city.
The unlawful activities in the parks, if unchecked, may soon turn the parks into spots of rendezvous for teenagers and dens of sexual activity.
The Horticulture Department, which spends a few crores of rupees on the parks, has to own the responsibility of maintaining them properly.
The Corporation could take the help from NCC cadets, Scouts and Red Cross Society members to keep a watch on the unlawful activities.
The Additional Director of Horticulture should inspect the parks frequently to weed out unsocial elements.