No parks to perk up denizens

K.M. Dayashankar
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In ruins:Broken benches and playing equipment at a public park in Karimnagar.- Photo: T. Ajaypal Singh
In ruins:Broken benches and playing equipment at a public park in Karimnagar.- Photo: T. Ajaypal Singh

Come summer, it’s time for children to play and enjoy in lush green parks and playgrounds. But, thanks to the lethargy on part of the Municipal Corporation of Karimnagar, there is no single public park which is well maintained.

Karimnagar town is growing in leaps and bounds. But the facilities to the citizens are inadequate. Though the authorities have identified around 31 municipal parks in various parts of Karimnagar, only the Rajiv Gandhi Park at Mankammathota in the town is well maintained with all facilities for children and senior citizens due to the intervention of local residents.

On the other hand, majority of public parks are either encroached or illegal constructions have come up in the allotted sites. Besides, there are no recreational facilities provided to children or at least cement benches for elders to sit in the parks. Leave alone the maintenance, the parks does not even have ordinary saplings or lighting arrangements. For instance, the public park in the Housing Board Colony does not have any playing equipments, a park in Kothirampur locality is encroached with illegal constructions, the park site in Bhagathnagar encroached by land sharks, some other parks have turned into garbage yards due to administration’s negligence. To top it all, the authorities have constructed an e-seva centre in a park in Kashmeergadda locality of the town.

There is a clear instruction from the Municipal administration that there should not be any constructions in the public park sites other than recreational facilities for the people.

N. Srinivas, the Lok Satta district president, who has been crusading the protection of public parks in Karimnagar town since several years, said that the authorities should first identify the parks and erect fence to stop encroachments. Expressing concern over encroachment of the parks, he said: “It is unfortunate that the people of the town do not have any recreational facilities in the colonies.”

If anyone wants to enjoy the lush green environment of the park, he/she has to travel to the shores of LMD reservoir to relax at the Ujwala Park and Deer park, he added.



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