City’s greenbelts, parks wear shabby look. Greenbelts along the roads in city are in a pathetic condition for the last several years. Wild grass like white top weed and other unwanted shrubs have grown abundantly, giving a shabby look to the parks. The residents who live nearby these greenbelts and parks use them as dumping E. and throw the garage there. For the last several years, the greenbelts and the parks are neither green nor beautiful. Besides, the authorities concerned have also failed to remove the encroachments from the greenbelts on Dugri Road, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and other areas. Fences around the parks in Model Town and Pakhowal road are damaged. The residents also allege that sand is dug out and being sold illegally from these greenbelts.With no gardeners visiting the green belt for maintenance on routine-basis, the growth of wild grass goes unchecked, say residents. It is pertinent to mention here that due to the non availability of toilets, most of the people and slum dwellers use the greenbelts for urination as well as defecation. The foul smell emanating from the green belt areas pollute the air. Things does not stop here owners of some of the eateries situated near the greenbelts throw garbage in the parks. Also sometimes the sanitation workers burn waste in the green belt. But the authorities concerned do not bother about it.The areas where the condition of green belts is pitiable include Model Town, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ferozepur road, Rishi Nagar, Aggar Nagar Enclave and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar among others. The residents have appealed to the authorities to take necessary steps for the development of greenbelts. The officials of the Municipal Corporation’s Horticulture Department say that shortage of staff is to be blamed for the ill-maintained parks. Harbir Singh, a resident of Model Town, said, “The authorities concerned have the tendency to pass the buck to one another. Green belts should be maintained and more saplings should be planted. Apart from giving the city good look, it will also reduce pollution.” “Cleanliness should be maintained, be it a road or a green belt. Government should develop more green belts and ensure the maintenance of these. It should also be ensured that no one urinates or defecates in the green belts,” said Navtej Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar. Despite repeated attempts authorities concerned were not available for comments.
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