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Dark days for park of woes
- Cowshed on encroached land, biomedical waste disposal pollute environment

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 7: The general administration (GA) department allotted 19,200 square metres of land for the construction of a park in the N-4 area of IRC Village. However, the recreational facility has actually come up across just 5,000 square metres.

The park, which was inaugurated by chief minister Naveen Patnaik about three months ago, remains without lights till date.

“The GA has only given us 5,000 sq metres for the park so we took up construction work over this area only including the boundary,” said an engineer of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) which built and maintains the park. The engineer also had no explanation as to why the park still lacks lighting arrangements.

Members of the Nayapalli Community Care Association (NCCA) said they had lodged several complaints with the BMC about the small area of the park but nothing has happened as yet. The local councillor said lighting in the park was necessity as a large number of people visit the place in the evening. The park has a 330 metre walking track, which is a major attraction.

The councillor said that according to records, Rs 45 lakh were spent to construct the park but it was still without lights. The NCCA office bearer Sudhir Chandra Mohanty said part of the area adjoining the park had been encroached upon. “One of the cowsheds on encroached land was polluting the environment. The area has also turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” he said.

A hospital in the area is also dumping its waste near the park. “The cowsheds and the bio-medical waste are now threatening the atmosphere of the park,” he added.

Another local resident said that though the board outside the park shows its area is 5,000 square metres, the original area was 60 metre in width with 320 metre in length making it 19,200 square metres in all. “During the inauguration of the park, BMC officials and the mayor assured us that the remaining areas near the park would be cleared but that is yet to happen,” said Nabaghana Tripathy, a senior local resident.

BMC officials maintained that the they were yet to get the entire land from the GA department.

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