MIG-21 still awaits unveiling at Traffic Park

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2017 14:08:36

By Pallavi Singh

The decommissioned fighter plane MIG-21 placed in Yatatyat Park (Traffic Park) near MLA rest house which was supposed to attract visitors, awaits its unveiling. The plane that was placed in the park back in February is waiting for the unveiling till date. Youngsters were very interested in the plane installation at the park and the delayed unveiling has come as a disappointment for them.

Besides, the area surrounding the plane and the rest of the park which was supposed to be maintained and developed by BMC is also in bad shape, giving resort to anti-social elements like gamblers and drunkards, even though it is located just inches away from Traffic Police Station. The development work of the park is being at a very slow pace, making people lose interest in the park.

Placed on a raised pillar in the park, this fighter plane was imported by the Indian Government from Russia back in 1968 for Rs 700 crore. This plane which is now being decommissioned after almost two decades played a significant role during the war of 1971 with Pakistan. The plane was installed by Air Force team from Lucknow in February. The plane was supposed to be a crowd puller, especially the youth, but now has come as a disappointment.

Corporation is supposed to be spending around 50 lakh for the beautification of this park, which will include tree plantation, installation of swings, installations for raising traffic awareness and other major adornment works. But all these works remain on paper, while authorities claim that the work is undergoing. Gamblers and drunkards can be seen in the park at any given time. People, especially the youngsters who were excited about this park are also losing interest due to lack of maintenance and the slow paced work.

PRO of BMC Harish Gupta said, “Tender has already been floated. The plane will be unveiled only after the surrounding area is developed which will take time. Work is already ongoing at the park for its development. Process will take some time, but the work of development of area around MIG-21 should be complete in another fortnight. The tenders for development of area around MIG-21 and the rest of the park are separate.” 

ASP, Traffic, Sameer Yadav said, “This park is being developed by BMC without any intervention of Traffic department. If they are developing it as traffic park, it should be done with fast pace and maintained in the interest of the people who visit the park.”