JAMMU: When former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had inaugurated River Tawi Front Park in Jammu on December 6, 2015, he had expressed hope that the park would help to attract more footfalls of tourists but in less than two years not only the park has lost its sheen but its outer walls are crumbling brick by brick.
Instead of attracting footfalls of tourists, the outer ring of the park remains crowded with truckers and their heavy vehicles while love birds flock the park in school uniforms and spend quality time in each other’s company.
To maintain vigil in the area, a local PCR van remains parked near the outer gate of the park but it never interferes in the personal matters of visitors flocking inside.
Built at a whopping cost of over Rs 5 crore, the park was decked up with many children specific facilities like toy trains, obstacles, spring boards, etc but all these facilities remain no longer in use and have ornamental value only.
The park was made operational on PPP mode and the facilities were handed over to the private player who had invested in the park but it appears in the absence of adequate footfalls the private players too have run away by packing their bags.
To gain entry inside the park, an entry fee of Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for kids is charged but till date the toilet complex outside the park gate is under construction and the front gate paints a dirty image.
The approach road via Ware House and Fourth Bridge over river Tawi is dotted with trucks and heaps of garbage. Overgrowth of grass on all sides of the park acts as a biggest stumbling block even for those who arrive here in a private vehicle.
Till date the State agencies, responsible for decorating the Tawi front, have not moved an inch and the park which was supposed to match the ambience of Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad presents a dirty image.
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