Monday, September 29, 2008

From limelight to neglect in 4 months

From limelight to neglect in 4 months
By Rashmi R Hebbur,DH News Service,Bangalore:
It was with great fanfare that a citizens' park with colourful fountains and waterfalls came up in Jayanagar 4th block, two years ago. But a visit to this green spot now gives a picture of government apathy, the idle fountain equipment left to rust.

Bavi Park’ on Diagonal Road in Jayanagar 4th block, with walking tracks and children's play area, was developed by BBMP in 2005-2006. To give a natural look to the park, pre-cast cement sculptures of various animals were positioned on the lawns. Fountains with colourful lights were installed in the central area, by spending Rs 4.90 lakh.

The park, which was officially thrown open in August ,2006, attracted huge crowds. The waterfalls and fountains, illuminated in the evenings, became the major attraction.

However, the scene changed after about four months. The waterfalls and fountains stopped working, owing to problems in the motors. Since then, there has been no attempt on the part of BBMP officials to repair the motors. Now, the fountains are rusting and the light boxes are full of cob-webs. The water in the fountain pond is filled with tadpoles, plastic containers, spoons and garbage.

Even now the park is visited by at least 300 people on weekdays and more on weekends.Two gardeners and a watchman take care of this park. In the absence of the elected members, BBMP officials are not taking steps for proper maintenance of equipment.

When enquired, Jayanagar MLA B N Vijayakumar told Deccan Herald that he was recently appraised of the situation and has conducted a joint inspection with the officials of the BBMP's Projects department. "I have asked them to take action on priority. The fountains will start working again, before the end of this month (September)," he assured.

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