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Theft whiff in broken park taps

The next time you plan to take a stroll in the picturesque Jubilee Park, do not forget to carry a bottle of water.

Thanks to lack of civic sense and shoddy security, three taps at the public water kiosk on the southern end of the 15-acre green lung have gone kaput. Only one is in working condition.

Although there are no eyewitnesses to how exactly and when the taps were damaged, guards at the park said they received the complaint around two days ago.

“We heard there was a huge rush at the water kiosk because three of the four taps were lying damaged. We have informed this to the horticultural department of Jusco,” said a security guard on the condition of anonymity.

According to another guard, the way the taps have been broken indicates that people actually tried to steal it. “In fact, the plastic nozzles are missing,” he said.

“These days one can see serpentine queues at the lone water tap to refill bottles and jars. Some people often leave the tap open at night. Residents ought to be a little more responsible,” said Manish Agarwal, financial analyst and resident of Bistupur who visited the park on Tuesday evening along with his family.

Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan, however, expressed ignorance. “Such instances show how irresponsible our citizens are. We will speak to authorities concerned and get it repaired as early as possible,” Rajan added.

Of the two ends of the sprawling park, the southern side has always drawn more number of visitors. Hence, the other kiosk at the northern end still has all the four taps intact.

According to the horticultural department of Jusco, more than 2,000 people flock to the southern greens of Jubilee Park every day.

The maximum rush is in the afternoon and the evening. Crowd magnets include the Rose Garden, the Mughal Garden, the musical fountain, the children’s corner, the Jubilee Nehru tree and the Nicco Amusement Park.

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