NABARD Colony’s Children Park in dire straits

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
16 Feb 2017

The abysmal condition of a Children’s Park in one of the posh residential colonies of the city bears testimony to the apathy of the authorities in ensuring proper maintenance of public facilities. Located in the heart of the city at Goal Ghar, the Children’s Park at NABARD Colony here beamed with activities for a few months after its inauguration. But due to utter neglect, the Park currently bears a deserted look with almost all play equipment  turned rusty and the area has presently become home to wild bushes and creatures.
According to reports, children thronged the Park after it was established in the colony. Swings and other play equipment  in the Park remained the major amusement sources for children of the colony and nearby areas for initial few months. Joggers used the Park for health exercise, while the elderly residents relaxed at the location away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. But for the lethargy of the concerned authorities, no one dares to venture close to the Park these days. “After its inauguration, just  routine maintenance of Park was carried out for a few months. A number of play equipments were installed at the Park for the benefit of children. But for unknown reasons, the Park has been lacking maintenance for years. Almost all equipment  have rusted and the park has become home to the wild. Even venomous snakes have been spotted in the Park premises on a number of occasions,” say some residents of the colony, who didn’t wish their names to be quoted.