'Corpn officials don't know Bhagat Singh'

Naming parks after great personalities is uphill task

They might have been the veterans of country’s freedom struggle, however, South Delhi Municipal Corporation officials are not aware of who are Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and B R Ambedkar. 

The opposition councillors alleged on Monday that the naming of community parks after the doyens of India’s freedom movement ran into rough weather as the officials of civic body of south Delhi asked them to send a brief biography of personalities after who these parks are to be named.

“Around two months ago, I sent a proposal to name two parks of Gangotri apartments in Alaknanda after Bhagat Singh and Rajguru. The recommendation of residents’ welfare association (RWA) was also attached,” said Virender Kasana,  a councillor in C R Park.

“However, I received  a reply from the corporation saying that I have to send a brief on the personalities after who the parks have to be named,” Kasana.

“Are we supposed to tell them in writing about these luminaries? Are they school kids?” he added.

Other councillors also levelled similar allegations. Amrita Dhawan, a Congress councillor, said, “I sent a request to name a park after BR Ambedkar. However, the officials send a similar request to me also. The matter is still pending.”

However, the corporation officials denied the allegations arguing that the councillors have just been asked to send the request as per the prescribed format of the corporation.

“There is a fixed format for the purpose. Since a proper resolution is passed for the purpose, a format has been made which requires the applicant to give a brief about the personality. The corporation has merely requested the councillors to send their proposal,” O P Taneja, municipal secretary said.

The matter was raised in the House meeting of the corporation. Subhash Arya, leader of the House, said direction has been given to the officials concerned not to reject such proposals when the personality involved is well known.

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