new guardian: Shri Krishna Singh Park in Ranchi. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Sri Krishna Singh Park in Doranda, which was restored to its former glory and looked after by the forest department, will soon get new custodians.
Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), which owns the newly renovated park, has decided to hand it over to a private party for running and maintaining it. Ranchi-based agency Ms Hari Om Constructions has been selected for the job.
“The agency was selected a week ago through a tender. The work order is being prepared. Ticket prices and other modalities are being also worked out. The company’s job will be to generate revenues and keep the park in good shape to attract more and more people,” said RMC PRO Naresh Kumar Sinha.
According to assistant conservator of forests C.M.P. Sinha, they recently received a letter from the RMC to hand over the park.
“It doesn’t upset us as the civic body had roped us in to beautify and renovate the place, which we did. The ownership lies with RMC and it can do what it wants to. A few formalities are left and I think the transfer procedure will be completed in couple of months,” he said.
Sinha further pointed out that the forest department also did not have too many hands at present to maintain the park.
Named after Bihar’s first chief minister, the green lungs remained neglected for years as the cash-strapped civic body failed to maintain it for public use.
It was then handed over to the forest department, which spent a whopping Rs 1.76 crore to do up the place. Plantation drives, beautification and other activities were undertaken last June and subsequently, the all-new park was thrown open to public during the fag end of 2012.
With new additions like toy and snake trains, swings and other rides, it caters to the recreational needs of a city deprived of proper family hangouts. But in recent times, some visitors complained of paying extra to enter the park, non-functional joy rides et al.
“We have given tickets to those manning the counters, but they are not chargeable. The tickets are just to maintain the footfall record. Entry to the park is free as of now. But it may happen that some of the daily wagers, who have been deputed to look after the park, are trying to earn extra bucks by charging the visitors,” Sinha said.