Sunday, August 4, 2013

Playground Playground Everywhere, but not space to PLAY

Sports, the very word filled our hearts with joy and ecstasy. To play cricket every evening and afterwards playing hide and seek when the sun took nap. It was on our daily schedule to get out of our homes and enjoy such games. But today the time has changed, the generation has changed, Shimla has changed.
I am not here to talk about that the change generation because everybody  knows that. I am here to talk about the shrinking playground space.

Reasons of shrinking spaces-
1. The vehicles in Shimla-

As is clearly seen in the picture, that people now have become ignorant. This picture is 4 years old but the scenario is still the same. People park their vehicles haphazardly, anywhere they want.
Now I’ll talk about the place where I live, Nabha.

The picture shown above is of the only ground that Nabha has got. Due to the negligence of the authorities and increasing no. of vehicles in Shimla, this ground which once was the playground when we were small has turned in to a parking space.
A tennis court construction started in early 2000, but due to no from the residents nearby the construction work was stopped. Now I don’t know the exact reason why the construction stopped. The only reason I know is that the ground was converted in to a parking lot.
Now, the other part of the ground has been made a playground for the kids. This part is 1/4 of the ground space. Seriously, the MC needs to explain ,how a concrete space is a playground for kids.
For years the councilor's have been talking about the construction of a parking lot near 103 tunnel, but the words are the same and the councilor has changed.
(SINCERE APPEAL- If you are old then I agree u require a vehicle, but if you are able, can’t you use public vehicles. The answer I get is “tera kya jata hai, chahe hum apne paiso ko aag laga lein.” I’ve seen vehicles with single drivers and people with multiple cars, like they will put their one foot in one car and another foot in other. Please be a change. If you have excess money, help others. Probably, this way you might become famous.)

2. The MC obviously-

This is the playground we have. All thanks to MC, the steel bars, the drums are kept on road, instead of storage spaces.

This is our bowling end and one can clearly see the drums lying on side of the road. The steel bars carry a huge price tag with them, and the only protection they have got is a simple lock tying the bars.
3. We are equally responsible-
Nowadays, the kids spend their entire time with the gizmos and gadgets they have got. Guys with 100-200 in their pockets, every evening start collecting enough amount to get some joint with their friends.(This really happens, you also know), and not to mention the girls getting in to action. The parents never encourage their kids to participate in extracurricular activities. Well some of you might think that you encourage your kids, and your kids are doing wonders. But hey, your kids are not the only kids in Shimla. Even 6-7th standard students have started smoking, after being inspired by their seniors. This trend if continues, Shimla will turn in to horrible space. It’s time you give your kids a chance to shine, to become what they want, and to be with them always.

Kids hold placards during protest in Support for having Parks organized by YES NGO in Shimla on Saturday.<br />Photo Toi<br /><br />
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