The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has reclaimed the terrace of a water booster pumping station on G J Khan Road in Topsia and converted it into a park.
The initiative to create a park on the terrace of the water supply infrastructure was taken in late 2019 after the residents of the neighbourhood started demanding a play arena for the children and a meeting place for senior citizens. However, the work was stalled due to pandemic and as the unlock started, the civic body’s parks and square department swung into action and completed the remaining work before the state assembly polls.
The newly constructed elevated park overlooking the EM Bypass has already created a buzz among the residents in large areas of Topsia. Ever since its inauguration four days ago, residents from different neighbourhoods of Topsia namely Picnic Garden, C N Roy Road queued up in front of the park. The park specially meant for children has caught the fancy of the kids of the locality. According to Rehana Khatun, a resident of G J Khan Road, the elevated park had imprinted an everlasting image in the minds of her twins on the maiden visit. “Dearth of parks or playing fields necessitated construction of a new park. I am happy that the KMC has come up with the idea of giving us an elevated park which will fulfil the needs of the children and the senior citizens of the neighbourhood,” she said.
Senior citizens of the area have also welcomed the civic initiative. Gour Dasgupta, a resident of C N Roy Road and an architect said he had liked the park for its location and elevation and would pay a visit every week-end along with friends. “I have found the park a perfect place for an adda session where I can go every week-end and sit with my friends for an hour or so,” Dasgupta said.
Local KMC ward coordinator Faiyaz Ahmed Khan, who lobbied hard with the KMC parks and square department to release necessary funds for construction of the elevated park, said now he would concentrate on the upkeep of the park as it was likely to be used heavily by citizens of the neighbourhood. “I shall keep a watch over the upkeep of the park so that it remains as usable as it is now in future,” he said. The ward coordinator has roped in a local entrepreneur Mohammed Ali for overall upkeep of the park and security of its users. Ali said he was in touch with a group of local residents with whom he would form a stakeholders’ group to keep a watchful eye on the park. “Since the park is a public property, its users must come forward and build a group for the protection of the property,” Ali said.