Almost six months after TOI highlighted the deplorable condition of Leisure Valley Park — venue for Gurugram’s most happening concerts — GMDAhas finally started repair and upgrade project of the park which is officially known as Maharana Swarna Jayanti Park.
According to the proposed plan, GMDA has already floated tenders for repair and maintenance work at the park. The scope of work would include repair of the boundary wall, floor of the fountain, improvement of walkways, painting of walls and other structures and repair of toilets inside. “We have floated tenders. Once they are allotted, it will take another four months for the repair work to be completed. The total cost will be around Rs 28 lakh,” said a GMDA official.
Besides repair work, the authority has also floated tenders inviting agencies to install gym equipment in the park. “We’ve also invited tenders for installation of gym equipment in the park. Seven different kinds of equipment will be installed under the proposal,” said the official.
These would include double air walker, double sit-up station, horse rider, double pull down, double cross trainer, four-wheel shoulder builder and rowing machine. The gym equipment would cost around Rs 27 lakh alone. A similar plan has also been drawn up for Tau Devi Lal Biodiversity Park.
Spread over 38 acre, Leisure Valley Park is a popular place for kids, athletes and families for outdoor activities, and sees around 1,000 visitors a day. It also serves as a venue for multiple concerts, including international stars such as Bryan Adams, Skrillex and MLTR. However, the condition of the park has gone from bad to worse in the past few years, due to lack of maintenance.
“The condition of the park is getting worse by the day. Toilets are in bad shape, and so are the fountains. Earlier, HSVP failed to maintain it as per standards. Now that GMDA is responsible for the park, it should take up the task,” said a GMDA official, requesting anonymity. GMDA took over maintenance of the park around a year back.
TOI had reported in December 2018 that there were a lot of issues with the park, such as sinkholes in the mud at some places, tiles coming off the tracks at others, and fountains that had rusted and were not functioning. An open air gym, installed in 2016, is also crumbling.
In the absence of many such green areas in the city, GMDA’s renovation plan is likely to come as a relief for residents, athletes and kids, who are regular visitors to the park.
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