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Parks in Rawalpindi turn into drug-addicts dens, garbage dumps.

Rawalpindi -- Apart from recreational uses, parks play an important role to offer refuge for the citizens from the pressure of city life, where they get the chance to socialize while viewing a semblance of nature, which offers them refreshing and revitalizing view.

But except for a few parks in the Rawalpindi, almost every park in the city has turned into dens of drug-addicts, anti-social elements and, at many instances, they have become garbage dumps, scaring and turning away the citizens from visiting the very places which are meant for them.

During a survey of different parks in the Rawal Town, it was observed that drug-addicts and anti-social elements roam public parks all the time while parks managements have turned a deaf ear to the situation, while letting them do what they want in the full public viewing.

Out of the 46 parks in the whole town, only three parks including the one in Commercial Market and another in Cantonment area were found well maintained and well kept, which attract a large number of citizens for their being safe and protected. The rest of parks in the city have been left to the mercy of anti-social elements and drug-addicts, while the parks management on paper claims to have provided the best recreational facilities to the citizens, the ground realities speaks volume of their pathetic performances, corruption and mismanagement.

They citizens told that parks have become haunting places, depriving them of the entertainment and recreational facilities. Most of the citizens demanded of the Punjab chief minister to play his role in proving healthy environment to the citizens who have choked in the suffocated environment.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Apr 5, 2015
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