Gandhi Park Plunged into Darkness: The Shocking Truth Behind Neglect and Disrepair!

Once a vibrant hub for political parties, trade unions, and social organizations to stage protests, Gandhi Park now languishes in neglect following the prohibition on demonstrations. Despite undergoing a Rs 1 crore makeover by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) just last year, the park’s current state is marred by disregard and darkness.

Originally designed as an area for gathering and conversations, the park was a popular hangout until 9 pm. Regrettably, the absence of functional lighting has driven people away by 7 pm. The vicinity around the Gandhi statue is now enveloped in pitch darkness, rendering the iconic figure nearly invisible.

Despite the BBMP’s installation of lights and an automated system during renovations, none of these amenities are operational due to the absence of electricity. This has elicited disappointment and frustration among visitors.

Critics are questioning the prudence of investing significant taxpayer funds in a park that now suffers from neglect and lacks a basic utility like electricity. Many fault the BBMP for relinquishing responsibility for park maintenance after disbursing funds to the contractor.

Social activist HM Venkatesh expressed his dismay, stressing the importance of sustained maintenance after public funds are expended on development. Ashok K, an auto-rickshaw driver, echoed this sentiment, underscoring the shame of leaving Gandhi Park without electricity for over 15 days and deeming it a disrespectful gesture toward Mahatma Gandhi.

JM Veerasangaiah, working president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, rebuked the BBMP for allowing the Mahatma Gandhi statue to languish in darkness, deeming it a national disgrace. He called on the BBMP and Minister for Energy, KJ George, to urgently instruct the Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) to restore electricity to the park, especially with the nation on the cusp of celebrating its 76th Independence Day.

Responding to the concerns, BBMP Superintending Engineer (Projects) Hemalatha assured an investigation and swift action. She acknowledged that park maintenance was outsourced to an agency and committed to addressing the issue promptly.

In summation, the neglect and lack of electricity at Gandhi Park have triggered public outcry and criticism, spurring demands for immediate intervention from relevant authorities to rejuvenate the park’s vitality and uphold Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy.

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