For some 50 years, I have been a witness to the way Gol Park, a spot of beauty in south Calcutta, has changed for the worse. The need to increase the road-width near the roundabout is understandable. But the haste with which the park was sculpted in the past few years is really surprising. Trees lining the garden were chopped and the plants uprooted. But attempts to revive the greenery have been really sluggish. The small patch now sports overgrown shrubs and weeds. The shed that housed the gardener was pulled down. Now, he stays in a makeshift tent, which is an eyesore. The elevated divider, erected to divert traffic heading for Southern Avenue, has become a shelter for street-dwellers.
Mahasweta Sanyal, Ballygunge Gardens.