Corporation Park Gets a Make over After Residents Push Civic Authorities

While a big chunk of Nungambakkam area’s main roads, upmarket streets and spaces have gone through metamorphosis over the years.

Published: 23rd July 2015 01:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2015 01:12 AM   |  A+A-

Corpn Park

CHENNAI:While a big chunk of Nungambakkam area’s main roads, upmarket streets and spaces have gone through metamorphosis over the years, a tiny discreet corner of the locale has undergone its share of transformation too.

A Corporation park which lay on an interior street on Nungambakkam High Road, adjoining MOP Vaishnav College, has gone from being a dump to a little park, and it has its neighbours to thank for it.

Corpn Park1.jpgColour washed and fitted with swings and slides, a row of saplings and a walking track now greets one in corners where piles of trash used to once take up residence. “I was so surprised when I passed by the park, now all colourful. It looks a nice quiet corner now,” says Gayathri, a former student at the nearby MOP Vaishnav College.

The renovation work began in summer, with the arrival of a fresh coat of paint. This was following a complaint by the residents of the area to the Corporation, who realised that the unmanaged trash and breeding mosquitoes posed a safety hazard.

Now, the park is frequented by families on the weekends, and college goers.

Nearby shopowners also maintain a set of keys to the park and oversee it. “A lot of people come visit now, and we try to discourage littering,” says Gani, who works at a nearby kiosk.

Work is underway to set up a bore well, and a fitness area is planned for the rear end of the park. An allocation of 15 lakh has been made and is to be used for park development.

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