Administration’s failure: Public park in Kupwara turns into garbage dumping site

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Kupwara: A Public Park, constructed by Tourism Department in the heart of town here has turned into a garbage dumping site with people alleging that the concerned department is a mute spectator.

Constructed in 2010, at a cost of around Rs 25 lakh by Lolab-Bungus-Drungyari Tourism Development Authority (LBDTDA), the park, according to the locals, is continuously being damaged by some miscreants. They vandalize prized Deodar furniture, huts, gate hoardings, iron railings, benches and dump garbage.

Social Activist Adv. Umar Farooq told our Special correspondent Wasim Majnoon Mir, that he used to regularly visit this old park. “The families like to spend time with their loved ones, after their hectic day in such parks, but the negligence of local authorities has forced people to not to visit the park with their children as well as loved ones.”

He appealed the local administration to maintain and manage the park properly for the sake of families.

 “The benches are being used as wickets by local youth, who regularly play cricket tournaments in this park. Over the past couple of years, even poultry farms have been using this park for their own purpose, adding foul smell to its environs,” locals said.

“This was the only public park in Kupwara town catering a population of around 20,000. We voluntarily gave our land for its construction just to get a recreational place. But due to the lackadaisical approach of the Tourism Department, it has become a garbage dumping site and poultry farm,” they added.
 
One of the pedestrians was seen urinating on a wall, who however tried to defend himself saying that there is no bathroom for few kilometres. He revealed that a toilet built in Public Park is now being used as a store by shopkeepers.

“It is unfortunate that being Kupwara a district headquarter, officials have not paid attention to maintain the park,” a group of students told our correspondent.

Some prominent citizens of town said that authorities neglect attitude towards maintaining this old park, making us suffer. “If the authorities will maintain this park, it would serve the children of the area and will become the best place to refresh and to spend quality time with friends and family,” they added.

They said if the Tourism Department is unable to maintain the park, they should hand over the park to private parties who can take care of it and also add more facilities there.

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