demand greenery

Long pending

Even though a vast tract of land is available for developing a park on both sides of Srirampura Main Road, Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) is yet to take up any measures to convert the barren patch into a luscious landscape.

While the residents complain tenders were notified in November 2010, there has been no interest shown by the authority as it is heeding to the the land mafia that has set its eyes on the prime property.

According to the residents, a tender had been notified for the development of two parks and construction of double road from Cauvery Circle (near Bhramaramba Choultry) to H D Kote Road.

Residents further allege that Medical Education and District In-Charge Minister  S A Ramdas had promised them  of turning the area into a ‘Senior Citizens’ Park,  at a felicitation programme in Srirampura.  The minister is yet to keep his word, they say.

With the sites allotted in 1992, a plaque displays that the then MUDA Chairman Sandesh Nagaraj, now a MLC, had inaugurated the work on developing a park. But almost 20 years later, with 80 per cent of the population comprising senior citizens, the thought of going for a walk in the surroundings, still remains a dream for many.

Another complaint expressed was the lack of seating facilities in the park. While, four benches dot the park, it is absolutely impossible for anybody to spend some time under searing heat.

For many the elders, who teem into the ground during the evenings, a calm and quiet place to sit and talk to their friends seems like an impossible dream.

In January this year, a few labourers were found digging up a trench around the park area.

While residents rejoiced thinking that it was the first step towards having a park, they were dismayed to find out that the labourers disappeared after two days.  None of them seem to know, the purpose behind the whole  exercise.

Tenders stalled temporarily

Speaking to Deccan Herald, ward number 13 councillor Kempanna said that a tender for `25 lakh has been notified. However, according to Kempanna, the Deputy Commissioner had put a stop on undertaking any tenders for a brief period in the corporation limits, due to reasons unknown to councillor. He said that a meeting at MUDA has been convened and a decision about initiating the work will be be taken up soon.


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