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Park in Rawalpindi to be Abolished for Commercial Projects

 

Civic Society in Rawalpindi is protesting over a decision to abolish a public park to give way to a commercially more viable project.

Usman, an electrical engineer and a resident of Sherzaman Colony in Rawalpindi told Newsflash that already Askari Housing Scheme has squeezed the green belt depriving residents and community of Adyala and Tulsa Road from only recreationl place in higly urbanized and commercial Cantonment.

In 2006, a part of this park was taken over by Army Welfare Trust (AWT) to build its Askari residential scheme. Now another big chunk of the park is going to have an APS college built on it. This is now becoming intolerable for the residents of the nearby areas, as they are being deprived of a healthy recreational facility.

While college is a commercial project and favours a particular privileged class, it would be injustice to abolish a green patch and permanently harm ecology system, says another resident.

Although at one hand we are being appreciated worldwide for gaining momentum in our Billion Tree Tsunami in KPK, whereby on the other hand, our healthy recreational spaces amidst our densely populated areas are under the threat of extinction by the Government owned commercial institutions.

Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community, ensuring the health of families and youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region.

The 502 Workshop Park is the only public park serving the most dense population of the city of Rawalpindi. This ground has been surrounded by the areas of Lalazar, Sherzaman, Adayala Road, Lalkurti, New Lalazar, Harley Street, Dehri, Tali Mori and Kalamabad.

In 2006, a part of this park was taken over by Army Welfare Trust (AWT) to build its Askari residential scheme. Now another big chunk of the park is going to have an APS college built on it. This is now becoming intolerable for the residents of the nearby areas, as they are being deprived of a healthy recreational facility.

Protests by the residents of the locality who are the frequent visitors of the park are peaacefull in nature.

This news agency, however, remained unclear about the nature of commercial project and no military source could be reached.

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