Central Park opening lands in controversy in Visakhapatnam: Civil society groups, Left parties fault concretisation
Central Park opening lands in controversy in Visakhapatnam
A controversy is brewing at a time when Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is ready to inaugurate the Central Park developed by Vuda near Asilemetta.
Civil society groups and the Left parties are findingfault with the concreti. sation of the park and also giving the responsibility of its maintenance to a private party. It was after Praja Spandana went to High Court, the government shunned the planto use the most valuable 20 acres in the heart of the city to develop a multiplex and later developed it as a park.
The High Court directed the Vuda to use the land to develop the park to provide lung space to the residents of the city.
Mr Naidu is scheduled to inaugurate the park on August 30.
“Unfortunately, though Praja Spandana and some of us had repeatedly demanded that the park should be developed without any concretisation and without commercialisation, as a result of unhealthy political inter. ference, contractors were brought in and a large area within the park was allowed to be concretised to benefit a few chosen contractors.
The concerned politicians rode roughshod over public sentiment to achieve their ends.
“Your inaugurating the park on August 30 will only endorse the fact that your government has no respectforany public consultation. I hope that you will ponder over this and cancel the inauguration function to respect our feelings,” said the former government of India secretary E.A.S. Sarma.
The CPM too is gearing up to oppose handing over of the park to private players.
“The purpose of the park is that it should be accessible to everyone. Now that the maintenance is being given to a private contractor for 20 years they will commercialise the park. It is nothing but looting public assets by the ruling party leaders. The tendering process is only a formality. We will start protests against the commercialisation of the park and the chief minister inaugurating it only endorses the political nexus with contractors.” said CPM city secretary B. Gangaram.
VUDATOOK UP DEVELOPMENT OF THE PARKATA COST OF R35 CRORE
Note 1: PARK has been designed to accommodate state of art amenities
Note 2: IT WILL have a unique musical fountain of auto-sensing frequency-based systems