Where is Maharaja Hari Singh park?

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.

hari singh parkIronically, 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.

The foundation stone stand in one corner of the park and barring one stretch of pathway not a single brick has been added to the park.Before the inauguration ceremony the deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand visited the park on number of occasions and directed the authorities to expedite the work.
All these leaders vanished from the scene after the public rally addressed by Ghulam Nabi Azad was over.
The local residents in the area feel cheated. “If we were promised a park in the heart of the city by the union minister who was once a Chief Minister Why the State Government and the department headed by the Congress minister has failed to complete the necessary work  in the park”  a local resident in the area said. Till date the JDA authorities have not even spent a single penny. It appears even before proving to be a boon for the city denizens the park has already become a victim of apathetic attitude of the authorities at the helm.

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