Mankhurd residents and activists allege that even after complaints, the civic body failed to remove the defunct rides from the Pandit Deendayal Upadhaya BMC garden in the area
Despite several complaints about the old rusted play rides in the civic garden in Mankhurd, BMC has failed to remove them, which led to a 13-year-old getting seriously injured on Tuesday evening. Pics/Pradeep Dhivar
This is actually not news, just the nth such case — the civic body’s negligence has caused a 13-year-old boy much pain. Justin Raj got injured because of a rusty ride in Mankhurd’s Pandit Deendayal Upadhaya BMC garden.
The blind eye
Residents and activists of Cheetah Camp in Mankhurd alleged that they had repeatedly complained to the horticulture assistant of their ward to remove the old, rusted play rides left in the garden after being replaced with the new ones.
Civic officials, it seems, had looked the other way, ignoring the concerns voiced.
“After they installed the new rides in the garden, they left the old ones on the ground. It is their duty to remove these rusted rides, which can badly injure the children playing there. I complained several times to the horticulture assistant, but nothing was done,” said Sayyed Farid Hussain, a local activist.
On Tuesday evening, after completing his evening prayer in the nearest church, Raj and his friend had gone to the garden. While they were playing, an old curved-shaped ladder fell on his left leg. Locals then took the boy to Shatabdi hospital in Deonar.
While Raj was seen with a thigh-high plaster, doctors are yet to confirm whether it’s a fracture and how severe the damage is.
Raj’s mother Deneis Mary said, “This is the only open space in our area, where children can play. We can’t stop our kids from going out to play... Instead of providing our children with a safe recreational environment, BMC’s garden department is creating more trouble for us by not doing its job properly.”
“I come to the garden every evening with my kid… Several times I have had to stop children from going near the old rides, ignored by the BMC. Yesterday, I saw two kids playing around the old ladder. They didn’t touch it, but it was so rusted that it fell on the boy, severely injuring him,” said Abdullah Bhai, a resident.
Horticulture assistant Shital Thorat told mid-day, “I have been getting complaints from the residents for the last two to three weeks regarding the BMC garden near Cheetah camp, but I told them that there are two horticulture assistants in our ward and that area doesn’t come under my jurisdiction.”
Residents, however, slammed Thorat and alleged that they were not made aware of the jurisdiction issue and that Thorat every time promised them to look into the complaints.