The beautiful children park, Maa saheb Ayurvedic Sport Ground located in Shantivan Mhada at Oshiwara has become a fertile garden for illegal activites. Now-a-days Park is being shunned by a lot of decent families as the spot is rapidly turning out to be a den for illegal activities like drinking, drug peddler’s menace and gambling etc. The park inside has become a hub of illegal commercial activities. Although it is a Municipal park but there is no one to man and maintain it.
The benches are broken, light poles and lights are broken, light switches which are placed on light poles have completely broken and wires have come out of it, that might cause electric shock if someone touches it. Almost all the lids on Gutters (drains) are robbed or broken. There is a danger that someone might lost their life, if fall into gutter during rain and darkness.
Some residents grudgingly said that park has become a den of antisocial elements. Women hesitate to pass by these areas, pointed out a resident. The Park has reportedly become a hot spot for hooligans who create ruckus on regular basis under the influence of liquor, at times consumed near the park or even inside the park, making life miserable for residents. A reality check found how a mockery has been made of law and order which bans people from drinking in public places.
The Maa Saheb Park is known for better facilities like open Gymnasium, foot ball ground, jogging track and many swings are installed all over. It is equipped with many benches where people comes for relaxing and enjoy their morning and evening. It is used by many leading schools of localities for their student’s sports activities and Play Time (PT). These prominent schools include C P Goenka International School, Rajrani Malhotra School, and Marble Arch School.
Maa Saheb Park came into existence with the hard ship and funds of Local Corporator Raju Pednekar. It was inaugurated with much fanfare on 22/11/2015 by than Mayor Snehal Ambekar. Local Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Gajanan Kirtikar, MLA Anil Parab was chief guests including Parag Masurkar Assistant Muncicipal Commissioner – K West ward.
Local Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Gajanan Kirtikar speaking to Mumbai Messenger from New Delhi said “It is a very beautiful park and Shivsena fought tooth and nail to get that park completed. After coming from Delhi, I will personally visit the park and do the needful”.
Ganpat Patil, one of the local residents of the area said “Maa Saheb Park is one of the finest parks in Shantivan area. We used to visit this park with our kids and parents on daily basis. But now things have changed completely, we are afraid to go to park as it has become a “Nuisance Park”. If you visit this park in the evening, one can find many people consuming liquor, using drugs and gambling too. This menace is rampant which is dangerous to civilised society and harmful too. I fail to understand that it was inaugurated by Shiv Sena corporator Raju Pednekar and still it represented by sena’s Rajul Tai, than why are they ignorant, if they feel positively, in no matter of time it can be renovated and all the issues can be solved. And I am sure she will certainly do it in the larger interest of local residents”.
When contacted Rajul Tai Patel, Shiv Sena local corporator of the area; said “She is in the Police station right now and will return the call within 2 minutes. But she did not return the call till the publication of news”.
Yogiraj Dabhadkar – Prabhag Samiti President K- West Ward said “The local residents took me to show that park, which is really in pathetic condition and nuisance are taking place in the park. Being a Prabhag Samiti head, residents requested me to initiate necessary steps for betterment of park. Soonafter visiting the park, I have instructed all the BMC officials to take necessary steps at the earliest and to restore park in its original form. All measures should be taken as far as safety and security of students and residents are concerned. The residents should not be deprived of their basic fundamental rights for using park”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist