20 Parks in Def Col but No Play Zone for Children

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20 Parks in Def Col but No Play Zone for Children


New Delhi, May 11 -- There are more than 20 colony parks, belonging to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, in Defence Colony. But the children are not allowed to play here as a majority of these parks have been turned into ornamental parks. When young Asheer Kandhari, a class 7 student, goes to one of these parks to play with her friends, she is most often scolded by the guards there.

"We do not have sufficient playing area because most of these parks have been beautified. When we try to play here, the guards scream at us," she says. Her twin sister Asees points out, "We are not even allowed to cycle inside the parks. Where do we go to play?"

Residents complain that the beautification of parks is denying children their right to play. The maintenance of these parks has been handed over to the park committees consisting of residents. Parents said that some locals fear that these parks will be damaged if children play here. Reena Kandhari, mother of the twins and a resident

of C block, said, "Children have the right to come to the parks whenever they want to play. But they are not allowed here. Also, the beautification of parks is also restraining children from playing. For example, flower beds are everywhere inside Sukun Park. So how and where will children play here?"

Though a small section of some parks has basketball, badminton courts and infrastructure like swings and slides, children are not allowed to play sports such as cricket and football on the grass.

"Beautification is required to a certain extent, but the overall development of the children should not be overlooked. …

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