Date of Publishing: 2011-02-04 00:00:00.0

Providing beautiful park for children to play and for the women and senior citizen to jog, walk and talk are the two mottos of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). However, when it comes to maintaining the amusement games at the parks, it is being ignored at almost every garden-allege the little kids of the city. Denis Warghese, a resident of Mahalaxmi Co Operative Housing Society and a regular visitor of J Arunkumar Vaidh Garden in Sector 10 said, “One pair of swing was removed by few youth and one more swing seat has also broken and its sharp edges has threatened the kids coming here.”
Subham Kadam, another resident says, “At the entrance of this garden, the CIDCO developed a bridge like structures, with bars on either side to ensure safety. However, as the powers transformed the present administrating body NMMC has failed to maintain the park. One of the safety bars has fallen down and no one has ever thought of reinstalling it. The kids are running up and down and the threat of their falling is growing day by day.”
The gardener looking after the garden says, “It’s only because of my complaints the local Corporator had visited the park three months ago. The heads of the department of garden had also paid a visit here and assured that the equipments would be replaced at the earliest. Social worker Kishore Biswas of SAYA says, “It is mandatory for the garden officer to inspect each and every garden on regular basis and note down the complaint made by the visitors and act accordingly. Unfortunately, the garden officer hardly visits the garden. That’s why, the gardener and people’s representative have to approach the ward office and demand for the safety of the residents. But nothing has been done yet.”
Vijay Kamble, garden officer Vashi said, “I have received the complaint and have personally visited the site. We will ensure that the old broken amusement games will be replaced with the new ones at the earliest to ensure the safety of the residents.”

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