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Gurgaon Speaks
Shrabani Mukherjee
Gurgaon's missing necessity: Parks for children and adults 26 November, 2011
With grand restaurants, malls and movie theaters, Gurgaon has everything that a Millennium City can boast off, except for parks. With no open pollution-free spaces, how can anyone expect children to not be addicted video games, pub-crawling and spending time indoors.

LIFE FOR the affluent is very comfortable in Gurgaon. From sprawling apartments to high-rise office areas and malls - Gurgaon is rightly called the Millennium city. Every possible commodity and luxury in the form of clubs, discs and malls are present but a common but critical public service in the form of local parks are conspicously absent in Gurgaon  - especially New Gurgaon.

It is a common sight in the evenings when small children are seen playing within the boundary walls of the some plush high rises. They have a garden barely enough for two benches and some creepers to adore it with. Some of the lesser fortunate apartment complexes have to be satisfied with a lone badminton court or a piece of green lawn. The concept of large uncovered grounds with trees and plants, widely present in all localities is not present in Gurgaon. Generally, every planned city provides for parks and gardens where children can run, cycle and just enjoy but not in Gurgaon. Tiny tots do not miss these gardens as they have no idea of what they are missing out on.


These days, children are raised in a very different environment, where they are given stuff to play with and they have no imaginary characters as friends and they do not run after each other for any rhyme or reason - the innocent way of children. As a result, parents, left without the choice of having a close by garden, take their kids to malls where they have playing areas and the kids amuse themselves with plastic balls, small vehicles and the likes. No two kids are seen playing together or even talking with each other. To grow up without making friends in a world that is becoming competitive is a recipe for disaster as it is in childhood that we make some very special friends.

What is the Gurgaon government doing about the matter? Are they even conscious that such a situation is present and it is a cause of concern? There are about 35 wards under the Haryana Municipal Corporation, and if each ward takes up the responsibility of creating an open green space and reserving it to be a park in the area, then the children would have a place to run and play.

There are a few parks (one opposite Kingdom of Dreams) but people rarely go there due to the fact that it is quite isolated. Some parks are just a bare piece of land with no greenery and pollution and dust of Gurgaon playing havoc. Once the Municipal Corporation thinks of the positives of open spaces or gardens for children rather than small lawns they would surely make green, pollution-free areas.

This lack of greenery can be seen in the way new real estate projects are named in a 'green' way - attracting prospective buyers on the basis of a 'green' enterprise. The presence and availability of parks, which are well-maintained, and have appropriate number of 'jhulas' to keep children occupied, goes a long way in improving the general health of the young and old.   
 


About The Author
Shrabani Mukherjee is a citizen journalist. She loves interacting with people and bring to light the pestering problems for further discussions and analysis. Shrabani can be reached at shrabani_mkhrj@yahoo.com
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