Dilapidated Caranzalem Park cries for attention, but CCP has no funds


While schools will break for vacations within a few weeks from now, one of Panjim’s popular haunt for children – the Caranzalem Park – continues to remain in breakdown stage.
Missing swings, broken slides, dim lights, gates which are almost off the hinges, non functioning sprinklers and parched plants are what greets visitors at this park.
While this matter has been raised at the meetings of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP), the paucity of funds has hampered maintenance works during the last couple of months, says an officer in the technical division of the Corporation.
“We will need at least Rs 10 lakh to repair and replace all the broken items therein,” said this officer.
The park also has no security personnel for the last five months and the mal functioning of the high mast lamp and other dim lighting poses a security threat inside the park.
“In fact it is not only a security threat but also a heaven for unwanted elements to have a field time under the shadow of darkness,” says Sylvia Rodrigues from Caranzalen seemingly concerned about the safety of children visiting the park and the dilapidating condition of the park as well.
Regina Almeida, former CCP corporator said, “At a time when we are surrounded by concrete jungles it is very important to ensure that our green pockets are maintained.”
Almeida expressed shock at the present state of the park and the pathetic condition of the plants which were once blossoming and were a great attraction for visitors.
However Mayor of the CCP Vaidehi Naik refused to speak much on the issue. She said that the extension work of the garden has also come to a halt due to financial issues and expressed helplessness of moving forward to revitalise the existing Caranzalem park at the moment. [H]