Children enjoy themselves at Jharia Vihar Colony park in Dhanbad on Tuesday. (Gautam Dey)
Life’s getting better in Jharia Vihar Colony.
For, the 1,165 families from underground fire-affected areas of Dhanbad, who have been shifted there in 2,352 quarters at Belgharia in Baliapur block, are finding all amenities within easy reach. The latest addition, being a children’s park.
A private firm, Messers Khalsa Gymnastic Works, has developed the square — Jharia Vihar Children’s Park — at a cost of Rs 17.39 lakh.
Sprawling over an area of 62,500sqfeet, the square can be described at par with Birsa Munda Park, the lone amusement zone of the district.
Rides and amusement equipment like sea-saws, slides, swings and health ladders have been installed.
“Though the park is yet to be formally inaugurated, we open all the three gates everyday for children as we do not want to keep the tiny tots away from their favourite rides,” said Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA) chief manager Sunil Dalela.
So what is delaying the inauguration?
Dalela replied that the park would be officially thrown open once the grass-laying work and plantation was completed.
“Gardening is going on at war footing. Eighteen saplings of trees like gulmohar, mango and sesame are being planted,” Dalela added.
A JRDA engineer Amrendra Kumar said that work was being carried out in two phases.
“Installation of equipment has been done. Now the laying of green carpet is on,” Kumar added.
When asked if the entry of children was hampering their work, Kumar said they were adapting to their presence, as they did want to disappoint the tender hearts.
“Such was the enthusiasm among the children that they used to cross over the high boundary wall. We therefore decided to let them in from the gates to avert any fatal fall,” Kumar added.
The JRDA authorities have left aside a huge portion at the park for organising festivals like Durga Puja in the colony.
A pathway has also been constructed adjacent to the boundary wall for joggers.
Dalela, meanwhile, on a specific query as to whether the same firm would maintain the park, replied in negative.
“We are in the process of constituting a committee of local people who will be tasked with the park’s upkeep. We do not want any non-resident’s interference,” Dalela added.