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Maharashtra: Rs 1 crore spent on garden near Kalva Bridge, yet in shambles

Atul Patankar

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Nishikant Karlikar at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Apr 12, 2011


THANE: A RTI reply by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has revealed that Rs 1 crore had been spent on a garden in the year 1999 and today, the garden's condition is totally dilapidated. The garden named Padmabhushan Dr Salim Ali Rutu Chakra Nature Park was allotted Rs 1 crore for development and miscellaneous work 12 years back, but the garden, people say, doesn't look like one as it lacks benches, lights and other requirements that fulfill the idea of being called a garden. This garden has broken jogging tracks and a heap of garbage has been dumped here as well. The maintenance of this garden seems to be very poor and people visiting this garden only make it worse, sources say.


This garden is located near the Kalva Bridge behind the Thane Central Jail. The garden has an area of 16760 sq ft.


RTI applicant Sanjeev Dutta, a resident of Kharkarali asked, "If the TMC has spent such a huge amount of money in 1999, why isn't the garden in a proper condition today?"


The very fact that the Thane Municipal Corporation has allocated a whopping Rs 9.3 crore for the development and repair works of gardens across the city in its recent budget has put this issue into limelight.


Dutta added, "Whether the huge amount of money allocated in the recent budget will be used for development of gardens across the city is a question mark considering the plight of this garden that was allotted Rs 1 crore 12 years back."


A regular visitor to this garden who did not wish to be named, shared, "This place is close to my house. But this place has no resemblance to what we can call a garden. People staying in nearby huts occupy and make this place untidy. Not only them but others coming here also make it dirty."


On the other hand, the fact that the TMC has taken massive steps towards maintenance of gardens across the city to keep pace with the increasing concrete jungle and to sustain the greenery in the city cannot be ignored.

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