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Cricket ground turns into swanky park

- NDA split delays inauguration; citizens ignore formalities to enjoy facility at CID Colony

A green patch where residents used to play cricket earlier has been recently turned into a swanky park at CID Colony, Shastri Nagar.

Though it is yet to be inaugurated or get a power supply, residents have started thronging it for their morning and evening walks.

“The land of the CID Colony Park was an open ground earlier, where children used to play cricket. Though there were several parks close to our colony, those were near the IAS officers’ quarters. So, we didn’t use them,” said Shubham Kumar, a resident of the colony.

But now, Shubham and his neighbours do not have to envy others’ parks. They have one of their own. “We are delighted with the development of this park that has facilities like a colourful water fountain and decorative lights along with a concrete jogging path,” he said.

It has taken some time to construct the park (see graphic), and it is yet to be inaugurated. But residents of the area have started to visit it already, throwing formalities to the wind.

Aman Kumar, a resident of Shastri Nagar Officers’ Colony, goes to the park every morning at 6 for a walk with his father. “We are not the only ones. There are many others who go there,” he said.

The facilities at the park — flowerbeds along the high boundary walls, a six-foot-wide pathway, benches and swings as well as decorative lights — are indeed attractive.

But the lights don’t come on after dark because the green patch is yet to get a connection from Patna Electric Supply Undertaking.

A senior official at Bihar Urban Development Corporation said an application had been made to the power supplier. He added: “We had planned to get the park inaugurated by former urban development minister Prem Kumar. After the split in the NDA (in mid-June), the opening was put on hold. We plan to inaugurate the park in a week or two.”

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