Inputs to Improve Community Parks/Gardens

Below are the key issues and root causes as outlined by you for the current state of Community Parks and Gardens. Kindly review and share spcific solutions that can be implemented to improve community parks and gardens.

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Swachh Bharat Mission

Community Parks and Gardens – Root Causes

1. Maintaining parks and gardens is not a priority for civic bodies
2. People have a habit of throwing garbage in park corners
3. Making walking paths is not a priority for the authorities
4. The maintenance work of gardens and parks is not completed because of the non-payment of dues
5. Corporations always project shortage of funds when it comes to parks and gardens
6. With the ever increasing number of cars, some RWAs have no option but to convert parks into parking areas
7. There are no rules and regulations against the hawkers selling stuff in parks and gardens
8. Many RWAs do not take enough interest in taking the responsibility of maintaining the parks in their area
9. The civic bodies are never taken to task for not maintaining the parks well
10. The complaint redressal channel is almost non-existent
11. Builders bribe the authorities to look the other way while they encroach parks and gardens
12. Local corporates/ business/ factories establishment are not encouraged to adopt parks.

Community Parks and Gardens – Key Issues

1. No gardener appointed by the corporation to look after the parks
2. Many parks become open garbage dumping areas
3. Parks don’t have lights
4. Even if they have lights, there is no electricity connection in many community parks
5. Lack of walking paths in the parks
6. The uneven tiles or broken tiles on some footpaths cause many accident
7. Parks and gardens get flooded during the rainy season
8. Most community parks don’t have toilets
9. There are no or very few dustbins in most parks and gardens
10. No playing area/equipment for children
11. Cattles gaze in the parks
12. Parks are not cleaned regularly
13. Dog litter is a big concern
14. The land mafia is encroaching upon the parks and gardens
15. Community parks do not have sufficient parking
16. Many parks themselves are converted in car parks
17. Local vendors, hawkers take charge of outside peripheral wall making it a messed up area and get away by paying a monthly amount to the local municipal supervisor. more  

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Each unit area of any urban residential sector must have at least 30% reserved for decentralized development of green parks or forests. Tree plantation may occupy major portion of the reserved area since it will require lesser periodical cost on sustainable maintenance and contribute more to the carbon absorption Town planners have to be directed to plan and maintain firm ratio of greens. Massive plantation before every monsoons should be an annual major activity of authorities with active participation of public. Currently we are developing concrete jungles eliminating the lungs of towns, this tendency needs to be reversed, otherwise day is not far off when all citizens will have to carry oxygen cylinders to breathe P K Kaushal more  
I found many towns and villages are without sufficient parks.Government/administrative bodies should make it statutory requirement to provide provide parks in relation with population and involve the public welfare bodies to maintain them properly. more  
First the parks occupied by CMRL should be given back for public use in its true form. Those must not be used as a parking space or something for the sake of politicians getting commission from it. more  
Some of the proposed solutions: 1. Provide adequate number of dustbins in every corners of the parks & gardens; 2. For each and every municipal corporation, municipal council, nagar panchayat, gram panchayat etc. stipulate maintenance of minimum number pf public gardens & parks according to the size of the cities, towns, villages compulsory. 3. A provision should be made for a proportionate cut in the aids of these institutions in the event of their failure in creating and proper maintenance of parks & gardens, as stipulated; 4. Since in the development of our existing cities & town adequate provisions for development of public parks & gardens were not made and due to congestion, no vacant land is now available for development of parks & gardens, the central and the respective state governments should allot their vacant lands./nazul lands to the local bodies for development parks & gardens and under no circumstances such lands should be allowed to be used for other purposes; 5. All encroached lands earmarked for parks & gardens must be freed immediately by enactment of special laws; 6. The tendency of showing poverty as the reasons for not properly maintaining parks & gardens must be stopped; 7. As parks & gardens are immensely helpful in maintaining proper atmospheric condition and reducing pollution, these should be on priority of the government and the local bodies; 8. Selling of any eatables in parks & gardens must be totally banned; 9. It should be the responsibility of the government to make adequate fund available for development and proper maintenance of all parks and gardens at all times. Ther should not be any dearth of fund for this purpose at any point of time; 10. All required amenities and equipment must be made available in all parks. more  
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