Heat Action Plan: NMC fails to keep gardens open during peak heat

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Apr 2018 09:30:50


Special Correspondent,

In the Orange City, mercury is hovering around 42 degrees Celsius in the first week of April. However, gardens of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) offer no respite to citizens. For, they remain closed for citizens between 11 am and 4 pm, that is, during peak hours. This reflects miserable failure of the civic body in implementing its much-touted Heat Action Plan.

The local body had decided to keep all its 95 gardens open throughout the day from 6 am to 9 pm during summers to provide some relief from scorth to the citizens. The heat is at its peak between 11 am and 5 pm. During these hours, gardens can provide a great relief to citizens. However, ‘The Hitavada’ found that all the gardens barring Ambazari were closed for citizens despite mercury hovering around 42 degrees Celsius in the past few days. The guard deputed at Major Surendra Deo Garden, popularly known as Dhantoli Garden, locked the front gate of the facility. The people were seen looking for shelter outside the garden, but the guard did not allow them to enter the garden.

The gate of Late Ramgopal Maheshwari Dagadi Park in Ramdaspeth was open, but not for public. It was open only for sanitation workers. The guard refused to give entry to people, who had come for treatment of their relative or family member in hospitals in Ramdaspeth area. The people kept requesting for entry into the garden, as they badly wanted to sit under a tree to get some relief from Nagpur heat. However, their efforts were futile.
Similarly, the gates of Shankarnagar Garden also were closed for public.

Sources claimed that NMC Garden Department had issued instructions to keep all the gardens open from 6 am to 9 pm from April 2. But, the orders did not reach up to ground level staff. The local body did not display information at the gate about gardens remaining open during day time for citizens. Therefore, the guards stopped people from entering the gardens.

Also, the civic body has decided to arrange earthen pots so as to make available cold drinking water to citizens in the gardens. However, the decision is yet to translate into availability of cold drinking water to citizens. Gardens remaining closed and unavailability of cold water point at NMC’s failure in implementing much-touted Heat Action Plan. Given the fact that maximum temperature goes up during the second half of April and May in Nagpur, the local body needs to not only issue instructions but also to ensure that the instructions are implemented effectively so as to provide relief to people from the scorch.