CHANDIGARH: Regular walkers in one of the oldest parks of the city continue to wait for the basic facility of a washroom. Time and again, visitors to the of Sector 22 have raised this issue at various platforms but to no avail.
The park is named after first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. After Partition, when Punjab‘s capital, Lahore, was awarded to Pakistan, Nehru had made a speech here in the early 1950s, promising the state a new capital called Chandigarh
This heritage park receives hundreds of walkers every morning and evening. The lack of water point and washroom puts them to a lot of inconvenience. Nearby residents have reported open defecation near the park, while the public says the absence of washroom leaves it no option. The municipal corporation is encouraging UT villagers to construct washrooms to make the Union Territory open-defecation-free. But in the middle of the city, they fail to build a public .
The municipal corporation record suggests that this washroom is one of the many projects held up for more than seven months even after approval from the general house. The other pending works are the installation of play equipment in a Sector-16 park, open gym and renovation of 65 corridors in Sector 17, a community parking lot for Sector 44, beautification of the Sector-34 green belt, and renovation of the community centres of Sectors 35 and 44. The MC claims to be short of money.
Sector-22 resident welfare association (RWA) president Rajender Mohan Kasyhap said: “Drinking water and washroom are basic facilities for which residents should not have to ask the authorities time and again. If the civicauthorities are short of money to construct the washroom, they can give us a temporary toilet at the park.”
On June 5, local member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher had assured the government houses resident welfare society (GHRWS) of Sector 22 that she will release Rs 12 lakh from her local area development fund for the beautification of the two prominent parks of Sector 22. The welfare society requested the MP for money for a public toilet at Nehru Park and a second set of open gym at Moonlit Park in Sector 22.
“Both parks are frequented daily by many local residents, shopkeepers, and tourists,” GHRWS president Vinod Vashisht said. “Neither the MP nor the MC has sent any money for the toilet, the MC despite approving the washroom for Sector 22.”
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