Ludhiana: The lackadaisical attitude of the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana (MCL) for cleaning green belts and removing encroachments over some green belts in city has come across as the pathetic condition of green belts in different areas are giving harrowing time to the residents.
Pathetic condition of green belts on Ferozepur Road and other areas in the city are creating problems for the residents. Moreover, property dealers’ offices, welding, shops of carpenters and other commercial works are running from some parks in Urban Estate and Dugri Road.
The green belts have almost become dumping sites where passersby can be seen urinating most often.
The green belts await greenery and beautification for years. Besides, the authorities concerned have also failed to remove the encroachments from the green belts 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 alleged that sand is being sold illegally from this green belt. With no gardeners visiting the greenbelt 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, the homeless and slum dwellers generally use the green belts for urination as well as defecation. The foul smell emanating from the green belts troubles the commuters.
In 2015, the MCL had identified 46 encroachments in the parks. According to sources, the number of encroachments in actual is higher than what MCL claims in the report. The civic body authorities are least bothered over the removal of the encroachments from these parks and green belts.
Japnam Singh, a city resident said, “Ludhiana had ranked twelfth most polluted city in world according to World Health Organisation. The city is in dire need of more and more plantation. However, the MCL has failed to develop its green belts and parks which have been encroached”, he said.
Encroached parks or green belts are near Sabzi Mandi, Chhawani Mohalla, Model Town, Tajpur Road, Sunder Nagar, Jeevan Nagar, PUDA Road, Metro Road, Transport Nagar, Ghora Colony Park, Pathashai Park near Railway Line in Zone B, Basant Park, Giaspura, Dhandari Kalan Park backside Government School, Kochhar Market, Akash Puri, Vikas Nagar, Hambran Road, Kitchlu Nagar, Guru Nanak Pura, Nehru Rose Garden.
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