Noida has now become a most preferred destination for living. The well planned city boasts of a well maintained green cover in the form of parks dotting the residential sectors. These are the lungs of Noida.
Noida is a well planned city with modern urban structure. Town planners have ensured that the world-class infrastructure in Noida is in harmony with the environment. No wonder Noida has come out on top as the most preferred city to live in according to a Real Estate survey by CommonFloor.com published in Hindustan Times. The best thing the urban planners have gifted the city is the open green spaces – parks.
Parks are the perfect haven from the clamor and cacophony of the city. The lush green parks dotting the residential sectors add beauty as well as provide much needed respite from the hustle-bustle of the city life. Parks are the lungs of Noida.
Nothing compares to the refreshing morning walk to kick-start your day. Yoga in open is also a good alternative. In contrast to the calm, peaceful mornings parks reverberate with sounds of kids of all sizes and shapes playing pitthu, cricket, football and what not. While taking a stroll one could not miss the banter of elderly reminiscing their yesteryear. The ladies indulge in harmless bahu-mandli gupshup (chit chat) after their daily dose of fitness (walk). Bahu-gaatha and Aaya atyachaar invariably are part of the daily rants.
Noida Parks: Woes, Issues and Conflicts
The parks in the city have their own stories to be told. Some have been encroached upon while others faced the brunt of neglect. Misused, encroached upon, neglected these parks cry for action. Sometimes used as party grounds for shaadi parties or other functions they are left littered with all sorts of muck. Irresponsible use of the sector resources is the bane of these places.
Jalvayu Vihar, sector 21 turns into a war zone
It is unfortunate sometimes the patrons act in conflict of each others interest. In Jalvayu Vihar, sector 21 Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) turned the parks into ornamental gardens. Children were barred from playing in these parks fearing damage to the greenery. This led to a clash between the kids along with their parents, RWA and the elderly responsible for banning kids from the park.
See the screen grab of a news-piece by local news site Newzstreet. It is interestingly titled “Cold war between residents and RWA turns sector’s park into war zone”. The Noida Authority’s intervention brokered an amicable solution to this dispute. Areas in the sector were reserved for children to play in while other parks were earmarked for beautification by the RWA.