Historic Parade Ground loses its green sheen

  • | Monday | 6th November, 2023

DEHRADUN: Once a green lung in the heart of the city, residents claim that Parade Ground has lost its essence despite crores of rupees spent on its renovation.During British times, the Parade Ground was a serene escape for residents living in the Dalanwala area during winters, said Lokesh Ohri, founder of the city-based citizens group, Been There, Doon That, citing references dating back to the early 19th centurry.Historical records and landscape paintings from that era depict the lush greenery that once adorned the ground. That has now been lost all in the name of development, Ohri added.Old-timers claim that till the late 1990s, the Parade Ground boasted a huge green cover. Even as recently as five to six years ago, trees lined its boundaries. However, modernisation efforts have left the ground bereft of its historical significance and also taken away its charm, Ohri said. He lamented that the Parade Ground now primarily serves as a venue for political rallies and other sundry events.After Dussehra, burn marks marred the grass, and heaps of garbage were left behind. Rallies also contribute to littering, leaving hundreds of flags, posters and other debris on the ground. On Saturday, a religious function organised at the ground left behind tonnes of garbage. Residents also expressed concerns about the renovation efforts of the ground, with many terming the efforts as haphazard and disorganised. We also published the following articles recentlyDotted with high rises, grounded by realityResidents of Serilingampally in Hyderabad are concerned about the rapid growth of the area. They believe that the basics, such as public transport, drainage and sanitation, and traffic congestion, need to be addressed before more high-rise buildings are sanctioned. Lack of direct buses and overcrowding in existing buses are major issues for commuters. Traffic management around IT parks is also a pressing need. Residents claim that the government machinery is overwhelmed and that the municipal area needs to be divided into smaller parts for effective management.Diplomatic efforts to pause fighting gain steam as Israeli ground troops push toward Gaza CityIsraels ground troops are advancing toward Gaza City as diplomatic efforts intensify to ease the siege and bring about a temporary halt to the fighting. President Joe Biden has suggested a humanitarian pause, and Arab countries have expressed growing concern with the war. More than 3,600 Palestinian children have been killed, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Israeli troops are advancing on three main routes, and casualties are expected to increase as they approach dense residential neighborhoods. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with basic supplies running low and hospitals facing fuel shortages.US commandos on the ground in Israel helping to locate hostagesAmerican commandos are assisting Israel in locating over 200 hostages who were taken during Hamas surprise attacks. The US special operations forces are working with Israeli counterparts to identify hostages, including Americans. It is unclear how many US commandos are currently in Israel, but they are joining FBI and state department officials in discussions with Israeli counterparts. The commandos are not involved in combat roles but are advising on the complex fight in Gaza and helping ensure the safety of US citizens and embassies.

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