Anti-social elements seize neglected Coimbatore Corporation parks – The New Indian Express

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Express press service

COIMBATORE: Rusty benches, bent slides, damaged swings, broken swings, a mangled carousel and a disturbed jungle gym are the face of the majority of Corporation parks across the city.

Most of the parks built by the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) have turned into a haven for anti-social elements. The lack of maintenance work has pushed the parks into a state of neglect. Currently, a survey is underway to register all public parks and the state they are in, sources told TNIE.

“With annual exams ending soon and summer vacation approaching in a few weeks, CCMC must take action to revive public parks at the earliest,” urged Maya Krishnan, a resident of Cheran Nagar.

“As fuel prices are skyrocketing and traffic jams are making getting around tedious, it would be nice to have a park in the locality to entertain the kids,” she added.

But the majority of public parks are in disrepair and several others have become a hub for illegal activity and drinkers. This keeps residents away from the parks. Social activists and residents have called on CCMC to revive the parks by restoring or replacing playground equipment. Elderly people also urged the Society to resuscitate them so that they would have a place to walk.

Speaking to TNIE, CCMC Commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara said that they are planning to outsource the maintenance works of public parks. “Due to the labor shortage and other reasons, we are considering outsourcing the maintenance work to private actors. As some residents’ aid associations have done a good job in the maintenance of the parks, which they had undertaken, we are also looking into this option. Welfare associations of residents wishing to take public parks back under their control and carry out the maintenance work themselves are welcome”, he added.

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