A year ago on April 1,2012 Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and his loyalists in Jammu had organised a big show of strength in the under construction Maharaja Hari Singhji park.
Speaking on the occasion Union Health Minister in the company of Dr Karan Singh, son of Maharaja Hari Singh, had said the park would prove to be a boon for the people of Jammu city and tourists as it would be developed as joggers park.
Ironically, one year has passed and much water has flown down the river Tawi after the grand ceremony but not a single stone has been added to the park. Today it is facing complete neglect and has become safe parking lot for ‘lal battis’ and ‘sarkari’ vehicles.
At any given point of time street children and those playing cricket and other games can be spotted dusting their clothes as even the ground lacks grass.The open area of the park is often used by the rag pickers to approach the banks of river Tawi and spread litter in the park.It is also used as parking space by drivers of private transport buses and official vehicles.