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Mecon parks get new life

Mecon colony in Doranda has got back its green lungs.

The two parks in B and E blocks, which have been wallowing in neglect for several years, are back to their former glory with more amenities, all thanks to Haren Thakur, secretary of Chotanagpur Arts Research and Developing Society (CARDS), and K.K. Mehrotra, CMD of Mecon.

The E-type park (E block), spread across a total area of 3,000-4,000sqft, has an open-air theatre for recreational activities, joy rides for children like see-saws besides landscaping and jogging track. The 3,000sqft B-type park (B block) boasts a pathway, a small stage with a beautiful painting of Shyamali township as backdrop and of course, children’s rides.

The defaced walls have got a fresh lease of life with students of Delhi Public School and Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, and two CARDS members Vinod Ranjan and Himadri Sinha unleashing their creativity on them.

Basking in the appreciation that he received for completely transforming the unkempt parks into beauty spots, Thakur said: “We were able to change the condition of the parks with minimum expenditure. The entire ambience has undergone a sea change.”

Bangalore-based architecture Tarunendra Bhattacharya beautified the parks within six months on the request of Mecon CMD.