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Roads, parks cry for facelift
- Tributes to freedom fighters lost in maintenance labyrinth

Naming roads and parks of the city after freedom fighters is nothing new but to maintain the structures associated with them hardly comes on the priority list of the government.

In 1992, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Park was opened to public but it has now turned out to be a dumping ground for seized vehicles. Worse is the case of Anugrah Narayan Path, which was inundated during a two-hour rain on Wednesday. “If it rains for 24 hours, the road simply becomes a canal,” said Jagannath Singh, who stays off the road, renamed in 1962.

Jagat Narayan Path, which was renamed after the freedom fighter in 2002, has several potholes. “In the last 10-12 years, I have not seen Patna Municipal Corporation officials carrying out any kind of work to prevent waterlogging in this road, said M.S. Hoda, retired branch manager, Central Bank of India.

The PMC has even turned the five-year-old Ram Manohar Lohiya Park into a garbage zone. “It shows that the PMC has no respect for the freedom fighters,” said businessman Vijay Kumar. Same is the case with Batukeshwar Dutt Lane, renamed after the freedom fighter around 45 years ago.

Mayor Afzal Imam said he was unaware of the situation. However, Vishal Anand, executive officer of PMC’s new capital circle, said the civic body was trying its best. “We removed encroachment from Rajendra Prasad memorial near Bans ghat in February this year,” Anand said.

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