Impact: Tagore Park to Get Facelift, KMC to Join Hands with MCC
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Aug 8: A day after Daijiworld highlighted the dismal state of Tagore Park through its special report, mayor Gulzar Banu swung into action, thanks to Naveen D'Souza, Congress leader and corporator and Ranganath Kini who brought the issue to the notice of MCC officials.
Mangalore City Corporation Mayor Gulzar Banu, corporators Naveen Dsouza and Ranganath Kini, Shafiq Ahmed, assistant engineer who looks after the civil maintanence and Thimmaya, work inspector visited Tagore Park on Tuesday August 7 to cross check the facts published on daijiworld, and to chalk-out a possible action plan.
Mayor Banu speaking to Daijiworld said that she has been repeatedly receiving calls from the public ever since the report was published on daijiworld Monday morning. "For better maintenance of the Park, the responsibility will be handed over to KMC," she said.
KMC has reportedly agreed to sponsor the rennovation and maintanence of Tagore Park.
Banu said that a letter will be sent on behalf of the city corporation instructing KMC to start the operation. "Within a week, KMC will start their work and soon the Park will regain its original beauty," she said.
"The city corporation will still hold the right to the property as ownership will not be transferred to them (KMC). It will be given on lease for a period of 3 to 5 years, which can be renewed if required," she added.
Corporator Naveen D’Souza, who took the initiative to renovate the Park, said that ward corporator Ranganath Kini has shown a lot of interest towards maintenance of the Park. "Necessary measures will soon be taken by the mayor and a letter will be sent to KMC. Handing over the maintenance to KMC will also save costs for the city corporation," he said.
When asked about the building under construction which will affect the view from the Park as well as its beauty, he said that as it is a private property one cannot stop the construction.
"The Park should also benefit senior citizens. More importance will be given to the beautification of the Park," he stressed.
The corporation is ready to consider proposals from any interested party for the maintenance of parks in the city, he added.
Kini said that alterations in the park will be made by KMC and facilities like play areas, seating arrangements, music system, security and so on will be provided.
"The public is equally responsible for the dilapidated condition of Tagore Park. It is every citizen’s duty to preserve its beauty by not harming it," he said.
During the inspection, labourers voiced their concerns and needs before the mayor. They requested the officials to look into their issues as they are in dire need of help.
Shafiq Ahmed, assistant engineer who looks after the civil maintanence of the ward and Thimmaya, work inspector were present.
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