Of the need to maintain parks

We normally associate the Western suburbs in the city with dust, smog and barren, industrialised land. But there’s some heartening news for residents of those areas falling under Ambattur Municipality, including Mogappair, Ambattur and Anna Nagar. Twenty one new parks have been proposed in these areas, out of which four have been opened. This means that many of these areas will turn green.

Even since the dawn of this millennium, the drive to beautify the city has always been on top gear. Some of the new parks opened and renewed are truly beautiful. But whenever I see a park a worry nags me. Will these parks look so beautiful after 10 years? Will they retain their lush greeness?

The state government – be it led by the AIADMK or the DMK – is known only to launch new projects and schemes, without realising the need to follow through on them. We, the residents, need to make sure that the remaining 17 parks are no only opened, but also maintained. In high visibility areas like along Beach Road, the parks are maintained. Not beautifully because the design is bad. But nevertheless there are signs that these strips of green are well maintained. Residents need to ensure that this happens all through in each and every locality. If your local park is not green, please take it up with the authorities in Rippon Buildings.

In more green news, Chennai Online, one of the first websites to disseminate news based on the city, has released a book on trees titled Trees and Tree Tales.

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