Sector 14 residents oppose conversion of park into waste-to-wonder museum


Residents of sectors 14 and 17 reiterated that they’re against the conversion of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Park right into a waste-to-wonder museum, an initiative being undertaken by the Municipal Company of Gurugram (MCG), forward of a listening to within the Punjab and Haryana excessive courtroom on June 29.

They stated that concretisation work would possibly destroy greenery and moreover, hundreds of residents who use this park within the morning and night for train and recreation would haven’t any different place to show to as that is the one massive park within the neighborhood.

Residents stated that the park remained closed until June 4 this yr because of the coronavirus pandemic and round 50% of the greenery was affected, with a number of bushes reduce.

Residents approached the Punjab and Haryana excessive courtroom for aid within the final week of Could, after a criticism submitted by the residents’ welfare affiliation (RWA) of Sector 14 on the CM Window, two months in the past, didn’t elicit a response from the authorities. The petition was accepted by the excessive courtroom on June 4 and arguments are set to be heard on June 29.

HS Nanda, a resident of Sector 14, who has served because the RWA presidents previously, stated that the park was developed by Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) and has been utilized by residents for the final three a long time, as it’s the solely inexperienced space close to their properties.

“This park was transferred to MCG in August 2020 for upkeep and as a result of lockdown, the entry to park was stopped. Residents, nevertheless, had been shocked when abruptly work on the waste-to-wonder museum began with out even asking for ideas from folks residing within the space. Massive-scale building is going down, with metallic and concrete buildings that can change the character of this inexperienced area,” stated Nanda.

The three-decade-old park is situated within the coronary heart of town and is likely one of the metropolis’s hottest inexperienced areas. It has areas for strolling, jogging, bodily workout routines, yoga, karate, gymnastics, a play space for youngsters, sandpits for athletes and badminton area, stated residents.

Residents stated that the park was developed by HSVP from the exterior improvement expenses collected from round 3,000 households residing in sectors 14 and 17.

“There’s a massive industrial space simply throughout the street. This park saved us from the warmth and air pollution of the economic models and the closely used roads round these sectors over time,” stated Pradip Sinha, a resident of Sector 14..

Residents additionally took intention on the MCG for not consulting them in regards to the challenge and stated that officers have failed to offer a passable response to their queries.

When requested in regards to the matter, Mukesh Ahuja, the newly appointed commissioner of MCG stated that he would look into the grievances of the residents. “I’ll definitely look into it,” he stated.

Nanda stated that the museum was being developed on the strains of an identical challenge in New Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan, nevertheless it was necessary to know that the land utilized in Delhi was an arid landfill whereas the land in Gurugram is a fully-developed park.

Dinesh Agarwal, a resident of Sector 14, nevertheless, stated that there ought to be no compromise on the greenery of the park and the challenge ought to be developed in a fashion that the customer expertise doesn’t get affected. “This could possibly be a landmark improvement, offered the bushes aren’t reduce and folks can use the park as earlier than,” he stated.

Nanda stated that residents are hopeful of getting aid from the excessive courtroom on the problem.


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