In a bid to create a sense of awareness among the people of Ranchi and showcase sensitivity of the highest order towards improving the happiness quotient of its citizens, Ranchi Municipal Corporation, in a 75 hours marathon transformation activity modified ‘Zakir Hussain Park’ from a dump location to a park full of modern and playing amenities.
Once proposed for the development of Dharna Sthal, the aforementioned park is situated in the heart of the city, near Raj Bhawan. This park had stayed shut for more than eight long years and had slowly become a shelter for wild bushes.
Recently during a visit to the city roads, Chief Minister Hemant Soren had directed officials to take proper care in creating a breathable urban space and take steps towards the beautification of the capital city.
As per the directions from the Chief Minister, Ranchi Municipal Commission headed by Mr. Mukesh Kumar started multiple projects to create a clean environment for the people of the city, a dedicated scheme named ‘Ramanik Ranchi’ was also launched in order to realise this goal.
This year on 15th August 2021, India celebrated 75th Independence Day under the banner ‘Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. On this occasion, the Ranchi Municipal Commissioner, Mr Mukesh Kumar took the challenge of transforming this abandoned park into a clean, modern, breathable, relaxing place full of amenities within 75hrs.
Sunil Yadav, a local ward member said, “This park used to be a place of attraction in the area. Having Collectorate and District Court Campuses in the nearby location, the footfall was also very high. People coming from different parts of the district to get their work done at the collectorate or court would come and relax here.
Due to lack of maintenance and neglect, the park was abandoned. After a while, no one would want to come. Finally, this park was closed and deserted. At some point, this park was nominated for development as Dharna Sthal. But, this would have hampered the locality. Thanks to the incumbent government and presiding municipal commissioner, Mukesh Kumar Ji, we have not only restored our park, but he has transformed this place in a way better condition than we had imagined.”
“This work was possible only with the team effort and zeal for serving our people”, said Mukesh Kumar
Municipal Commissioner, Shri Mukesh Kumar said, “On the occasion of 75th Independence Day, Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we took this challenge to transform this deserted park into a place of activities within 75hrs. During the process, a part of the park has been developed as Spice Garden, wherein, more than 100 saplings of 10 different types of spices have been planted. Waste materials like tyres, plywood and other scrap materials were used in a major part of renovation work done inside the park.”
To add, “Apart from the cleaning, few parts of the park have been restored to its original condition, such as an old railway track of toy trains surfaced during the renovation work. We tried our best to restore it to its original condition. To make the park a child-friendly space, a colourful touch has been added in every corner. A dedicated play area has been created for children. Additionally, we are trying to open up a space inside the park where guests can have some snacks or tea but this is still in the pipeline. We are planning on finding a way to ensure that the park remains a plastic waste-free space and sets an example for other parks in the city and state.”
“This was a tedious target to achieve, but we worked on a mission mode to meet the deadline. More than 100 personnel were involved in the process. This was a joint effort of our officials, our support staff, our cleaning staff, everyone.”