Readers’ Take: Make tricity parks worthy of walk

Readers’ Take: Make tricity parks worthy of stroll

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Revise upkeep charges

Attributable to delay in revising upkeep charges for parks, many Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) are struggling to keep up them. The October 2021 revision was insufficient to impact an actual change. Kudos to the Fashionable Housing Complicated RWA for not letting the greenery or flowers fade even in testing occasions. It has been organising competitions amongst park committees, which has made RWAs all of the extra prepared to satisfy the shortfall in bills themselves. Nevertheless, not all RWAs , and MCs can not anticipate residents to maintain spending their cash to keep up public parks.

SC Luthra, Chandigarh

Outsource upkeep

Parks have been constructed to make sure the wellbeing of residents, however poor upkeep makes them inaccessible to most people. For higher upkeep, funds needs to be digitally transferred to Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to keep away from delays. The upkeep of those parks could be outsourced to non-public corporations in return for permission to promote their manufacturers in these parks. Solely with personal intervention can the issue of ill-maintained parks be solved.

Saikrit Gulati, Chandigarh

‘Eco-parks’ are the long run

Inexperienced belts within the tricity are being uncared for because of scarcity of funds and lack of standard upkeep. These inexperienced belts are the ecosystem of the tricity, and declaring them eco-parks might assist preserve them. In Eco-parks, retailers may very well be arrange in a nook or two, which might assist generate an everyday revenue. Electrical car charging amenities coudld even be arrange, which might assist generate funds for the maintenance of parks.

Capt Amar Jeet, Kharar

Rent contractual employees for maintenance

Chandigarh is thought for being a well-planned, stunning and fashionable metropolis with inexperienced belts

working via all sectors. Nevertheless, these parks are in a dilapidated situation because of mismanagement. The state of parks in Panchkula and Mohali isn’t any completely different. That is, primarily, as a result of RWAs have been dealing with a number of points because of lack of cash for correct upkeep. Authority ought to rent employees to keep up parks on a contractual foundation with the contract clearly stipulating the obligations and phrases of service. The contractors needs to be paid in time in order that the parks don’t endure. MC officers should perceive their obligations in the direction of the general public, and preserve all parks correctly.

Sumesh Kumar Badhwar, Mohali.

Organise plantation drives

Inexperienced belts within the Chandigarh tricity serve an necessary function in controlling the micro-climate, decreasing mud and bettering biodiversity within the area. With the inhabitants rising and elevated air pollution, progressive approaches are wanted as Chandigarh transforms. Planting bushes which might be of worth to the group as a substitute of decorative bushes, transitioning to environment friendly transportation methods and inspiring residents to make use of cycles or public transport for commuting may also help. The unique planners had made an eternal affect in figuring out town’s future course by integrating bushes and vegetation into the development plans. Nevertheless the forest division and horticulture wing of the municipal company is missing behind in preserving pure areas, and so they should be repeatedly engaged in plantation drives of various indigenous species. Natural gardens needs to be arrange in every college and school.

Vineet Gandhi, Manimajra

Enjoying cricket, soccer damaging parks

In Panchkula, erratic funds to park improvement societies registered with the municipal company is a significant challenge. Other than it, youngsters taking part in cricket or soccer within the parks damages the grass and vegetation within the space, and can also be a supply of battle between youngsters and elders. Panchkula doesn’t have particular areas earmarked for enjoying video games in residential neighborhoods and fogeys are loath to ship their youngsters to far off grounds. There’s a want for internet observe corners in massive parks to accommodate youngsters. So far as fee of upkeep is worried, the method needs to be simplified by transferring the mounted quantity instantly into the account of park improvement societies circumventing the hassles of the billing course of.

RP Malhotra, Panchkula

Rope in NGOs

The tricity is thought for its inexperienced belts and other people with gray hair – hariyan charianya and chitiya dhariyan. Nevertheless, poor maintenance of parks and inexperienced belt is a trigger for concern. It’s excessive time authorities rope in NGOs for higher upkeep of inexperienced belts and parks. On the similar time, the general public should be sensitised about not throwing waste in inexperienced belts and parks as it’s an unpleasant sight, and causes unhygienic situations. Use of mechanical instruments for maintenance and slicing of grass shrubs should be launched.

Col TBS Bedi, (Retd), Mohali

Put up parks for adoption

Chandigarh is thought for its greenery. Parks in every sector add not solely to town’s glory however helps residents to make the very best of them by strolling in recent air. It’s the obligation of the MC to take care of inexperienced belts within the metropolis. Manure could be produced from horticulture waste from the tricity. It may be used to keep up parks and could be offered to residents to generate income. Names of RWAs who preserve the parks greatest needs to be revealed in newspapers or on authorities web sites to introduce a wholesome competitors amongst residents. The opposite means is to place up parks for adoption. Firms, businessman or NGOs might undertake neighborhood parks and preserve them.

Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali

MC should put its greatest foot ahead

The civic physique is answerable for the upkeep of parks which might be the lungs of town, and thus ought to settle the issues confronted by RWAs, and preserve cleanliness within the metropolis. It’s accountable for safeguarding the well being of residents. It’s shameful that town has been rating low within the cleanliness survey. This needs to be a wake-up name for the MC.

Usha Verma, Chandigarh

Divide inexperienced belts between RWAs

To breathe life again into the lungs of the tricity, inexperienced belt needs to be run and maintained correctly. This could solely be finished if the Chandigarh administration, municipal company, Resident Welfare Associations carry out collectively. Residents needs to be inspired to organise and take part in plantation drives. RWAs should plan and put together technique in order that residents will pay upkeep on time and parks could be maintained effectively. Upkeep of parks contained in the sectors needs to be underneath the MC’s purview and parks contained in the residential societies needs to be underneath RWAs.

Prabhjot Nagpal, Zirakpur

Fantastic violators on the spot

The Chandigarh , Panchkula and Mohali MCs have entrusted park upkeep to RWAs, however parks are crying for consideration. All parks appears to be in a state of uncared for and residents’ complaints although real are falling deaf on the ears of councillors. The parks are struggling in absence of mechanised instruments to chop grass as mowing machines are sometimes out of order. The MC ought to take accountability for the upkeep of parks, and contractors needs to be given this all-important activity at aggressive charges and their grievances needs to be redressed. Caretakers needs to be allowed to gather fines from the guests discovered violating guidelines displayed and throwing rubbish within the open.

Kundan Lal Sharma, Mohali

Sensitise residents about cleanliness

A decided marketing campaign must be launched to make the tricity stunning, for which the MCs and state authorities should allocate enough funds. Seminars should be organised to sensitise residents about cleanliness, in addition to caretakers needs to be appointed on occasion. Extra infrastructure and mechanised instruments can also assist with upkeep. MCs also needs to utilise the providers of personal contractors by handing over few parks on experimental foundation in order that dream of swachh Bharat could be achieved.

Nishant Sharma, Mohali

Redirect funds in the direction of parks

The vernacular idiom ‘aamdani athanni kharcha rupaya’ describes the working of most governments. As an alternative of spending on unproductive issues comparable to luxurious vehicles for elected representatives, and overseas excursions, they need to spend on public welfare endeavours comparable to sustaining parks. MCs ought to open assortment facilities for property tax in numerous sectors by involving RWAs and administrations officers collectively with space sensible separate financial institution accounts, which may very well be helpful in amassing extra funds because of affect of RWAs over residents. If applied, the method will certainly give higher outcomes.

Suresh Trikha, Zirakpur

Hold rein of animals

Chandiagrh is thought for numerous neighbourhood parks, which is a really distinctive addition to the general inexperienced cowl within the metropolis. However the maintenance and upkeep of those parks is a difficult activity. The RWAs haven’t been in a position to preserve these parks correctly, possibly because of paucity of time, shortage of funds, lack of volunteers and so forth. It’s a optimistic step by the MC to make use of the providers of personal companies within the maintenance of those gardens. A few of these gardens have misplaced their grass cowl, varied flowers and vegetation. Many are infested with stray canines inflicting scare within the public. Pet homeowners are usually seen utilizing these parks for pooping and peeing of their pets, which needs to be penalised. We additionally see many individuals biking in these parks, which needs to be prohibited. The neighbourhood parks want loads of repairs of the pavements and the boundary fencing. There’s hardly any lighting in these parks making them dangerous for all throughout evening. The administration might consider putting in open gymnasiums in all these parks. There also needs to be washrooms and amenities for consuming water within the neighborhood of those parks. Allow us to try laborious to preserve and protect our neighbourhood treasures.

Anil Kumar Yadav, Chandigarh

Maintain MC accountable

There are about 1,800 parks together with greenbelts within the metropolis, of which greater than 700 have been given to town RWAs since 2013 for upkeep functions. Within the case of greenbelts/parks, it isn’t that upkeep prices are usually not in response to precise work; these are additionally not being maintained correctly by the RWAs. There are cases the place RWAs cost for 4 parks, however out of 4, two are usually not being maintained as per the required commonplace. There is no such thing as a correct supervision of the parks/greenbelts for which public cash is being paid.Within the absence of correct upkeep, a number of of the greenbelts/parks are in a dilapidated situation which mar the great thing about town. Apart from, a number of disputes occurred between the RWAs and the company and a few circumstances wind up within the courts. As a matter of reality, MC is totally accountable to the residents who pay all of the taxes to the company. Thus, underneath this extenuated place, the municipal vorporation ought to preserve all parks and greenbelts itself which can be cheaper by way of cash, in addition to it should create extra avenues of employment which is the necessity of the hour.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Common checks wanted

Upkeep of parks requires common checks and restore. The onus lies on the municipal company. There’s an pressing want for growing and implementing a upkeep plan to maintain the present infrastructure in glorious form for the good thing about the residents in addition to a picture of the Metropolis Lovely. There’s numerous work which is required to be finished to beautify the Inexperienced Belts comparable to repairs and upkeep of fountains, cabins for the employee’s instruments are rusted and want thorough cleansing and portray, stunning metal buildings created about 10 years in the past have been utterly broken, want repairs and portray. MCC does create stunning buildings and marble plates, open Fitness center tools; youngsters play means methods, throughout inaugurations, and so forth. however merely forgets to offer upkeep and maintenance which is taken into account needed for the Good Metropolis.

Sateesh Dadwal, Chandigarh

Upskill gardeners

Chandigarh is a singular metropolis the place parks or inexperienced belts are inside 100m of homes. Most parks are maintained by Residents Welfare Associations which might be paid by the municipal company. The civic physique ought to make use of a crew of specialists {and professional} gardeners to observe the progress and upskill the gardeners employed by RWAs at common intervals. Allotment of funds versus expenditures needs to be audited periodically to make sure optimum use of the allotted cash. To keep away from additional burden on the municipal company , a small amount of cash needs to be pooled from the RWAs funds to rent the professional professionals. Common enough handled water provide is offered to all parks .

Sqn Ldr Manjit Singh Johar (Retd), Chandigarh

Guarantee cleanliness

Well timed funds should be made and people not paying needs to be charged additional. Common upkeep checks should be finished in order that it’s recognized when the park want some additional care. People who find themselves damaging them or caught tempering with the vegetation and different stuff within the park needs to be charged with a heavy penalty and be punished and reported as quickly as doable. Establish distinctive attributes and attempt to protect and safe them. Make an motion plan. Contain everybody and attempt to get cameras put in to make sure double securities of the park. Set up boards comparable to don’t pluck flowers and don’t play with mud in order that they’re clear all the time.

Ishita Nara

Skilled takes

Use tertiary water

Extra tertiary water needs to be used. Along with RWAs, public participation needs to be elevated via involvement of nurseries, corporates, and business for upkeep and improvement of parks.

CB Ojha, chief engineer, UT

Even handed mixture of vegetation

There needs to be even handed mixture of bushes, shrubs and vegetation to make the parks and greenery extra healthful and delightful.

Anuj Saini, member, director marketing consultant, society for the upkeep and improvement of Rock Backyard

Common inspections

There should be some inspections to examine if parks are maintained correctly and whether or not the payments sanctioned are utilised or not.

Surinder Mohan, member, RWA , Sector 15

Common monetary help to RWAs

The federal government ought to present monetary help to RWAs on common foundation. Residents also needs to to maintain their parks clear.

Balbir Singh Dhol, president, RWA, Sector 64, Mohali

Enhance water provide

Authorities should launch upkeep prices month-to-month and on time. The water connection should even be improved, particularly in summers, when the tertiary handled water provide of the park is erratic.

Prabha Sharma, vice-president, Sector 41A RWA

Reader of the week

No sensible metropolis with out inexperienced metropolis

Regardless of being designated a ‘sensible metropolis’, the inexperienced cowl within the Metropolis Lovely is declining by the day because of the municipal company’s callous disregard. Undoubtedly, authorities efforts are underway to reinforce greenery within the tricity. Nevertheless, little consideration is being paid to the upkeep of present open areas. A lot to the chagrin of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), public parks have develop into a hang-out of delinquent youth in addition to drug addicts. Stray cattle and canines add to the residents’ woes. Within the current milieu, only some neighborhood parks stay protected for kids and native residents. It’s crucial that MC officers earmark enough funds for upkeep of the inexperienced belts. Gardeners who can be answerable for managing parks in affiliation with RWAs needs to be deployed, because the latter are ill-equipped. Periodic police patrolling round inexperienced belts might assist deter any nefarious actions within the area Collectively, let’s nurture nature in order that we are able to make a greater future.

Surbhi Negi, Panchkula


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