Un­for­tu­nate ne­glected parks

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SHAZLA SHAMIM

Parks have eco­nomic, so­cial, health and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­por­tance that makes them es­sen­tial ser­vices for the com­mu­nity. Un­for­tu­nately in our coun­try parks are be­ing oc­cu­pied by land mafias and they con­struct build­ings il­le­gally. Luck­ily those parks which are saved from th­ese cru­el­ties are fac­ing the prob­lem of main­te­nance. I of­ten go to a park lo­cated in my area but usu­ally in morn­ing; I have seen a num­ber of peo­ple who are do­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. By chance I went there at night about 9 o’clock, our area was pow­ered off, a num­ber of peo­ple were sit­ting and en­joy­ing their time, chil­dren were play­ing. Sud­denly I saw a group of chil­dren (their age is about 12 to 15) were smok­ing and no­body seems to care about it.

When I looked around, I was shocked to see many group of young­sters who were also smok­ing in the so-called fam­ily park. I am so dis­ap­pointed to see such non-se­ri­ous at­ti­tude of our public and there are no con­cerned au­thor­i­ties who can con­trol th­ese kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties. Gov­ern­ment should take a strict no­tice about what is hap­pen­ing out there un­der their nose. As a cit­i­zen it is also our re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep an eye on our nearby parks, and help es­tab­lish a serene and peace­ful re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment in th­ese parks. We should do what­ever is in our hand to stop such ac­tiv­i­ties or at least let the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties know about th­ese is­sues. —Via email

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