residents of different areas of the city staged a protest against “what they called” ruining of Kasur Garden Steel Bagh, blaming apathy of the local administration for the ‘devastation.’
A large number of protesters from all walks of life including civil society members staged the protest and condemned negligence of the district administration.
Carrying placards and banners, the protesters flayed the park administration, saying that negligence of the officials has virtually ruined the only recreational facility in the city. The protesters claimed that the garden is ‘completely’ ruined and depicts a very awful image. They pointed out that there is no mechanism to ensure care of the garden and that every part of the garden is wrecked, warranting immediate attention of the authorities. The protesting citizens claimed that there is no other recreational facility for the residents across the city and the district administration should take concrete measures to restore this only recreational facility in the city.
They regretted that there is no mechanism for cleanliness and condition of the park reflects apathy on the part of local administration. Moreover, they said that heaps of garbage can be seen all over the park which can cause diseases outbreak among the residents and particularly children. They alleged that not a single person is available for cleanliness at the garden which speaks volumes of the negligence and inefficiency.
The protesters feared that if the negligence continues on the part park administration, the ‘apparent’ shape of the garden might wipe out. “Only one man is guarding the park,” they informed, claiming that the park administration is negligent in its responsibilities.
Stray dogs can be seen roaming around the garden and flowers beds and pots are in such a condition as if been untouched for a very long time despite the fact that office of forest authority is located within the garden. The residents demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take tangible measures for its rehabilitation and also issue stringent directives to the Kasur DCO in this regard. When attempted to seek comment of DCO Salman Ghani, he was not available as usual.