Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ visited the old trenching ground at Sahastradhara Road on Sunday and expressed interest in converting it into a park. According to sources, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun does have a plan for developing a park on this site which needs a sum of about Rs 30 crore. It is important to mention here that the plan of converting the trenching ground into a park is not new. It has been in talks for about two years now. As per the sources, MCD has also received proposals from various private enterprises for converting the old trenching ground into a park. However, nothing has been done in this regard so far due to the high cost involved. Also, the conversion of the park will take nearly two years to complete. Elaborating on this, the Dehradun municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said, “The visit on Sunday was the first step. The arrangement of the money to convert the trenching ground will be possible after the state government approves the budget. For that, we have lined up a second review meeting which is likely to be held soon. Further steps will be planned accordingly.”It is worth mentioning year that for more than a decade, the solid municipal waste generated in Dehradun was dumped at the trenching ground at Sahastradhara Road. The MCD stopped using this trenching ground after the new solid waste management facility started functioning at Shishambada about two years ago. Since then there has been renewed focus on the plan and public demand for converting the old trenching ground to a public park.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun