The garden department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has undertaken a survey of 110 gardens in the city for broken swings. “There have been complaints of broken swings from residents and we have already embarked on the survey. New swings will be fitted at the earliest,” said a civic official.
The response comes after corporator Shubhangi Sakpal raised questions about broken swings in civic gardens during the general body meeting last Friday. “The swings at gardens in sectors 14, 22 and 23 of Koparkhairane are broken. People come to us with complaints; I have been following up the matter with the civic body for quite some time now, but there has been no appropriate response,” Sakpal said.
Sanjay Desai, an official from the Tree Authority, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of gardens, said, “The department came to me around three months back and we have already started the survey of all the gardens in the city. We will install new swings or repair the existing ones wherever necessary.”
Municipal commissioner Abasaheb Jarhad said, “I will personally visit the spot (garden in Koparkhairane) and see what can be done, at the earliest.”
Residents have been crying foul over the bad condition of gardens and broken swings from time to time. “When I visited with my children at the garden near Sagar Vihar in Vashi during summer holidays, the swings were broken. NMMC should have at least taken care that these were in a workable condition during children’s holiday period.”