Derelict Gangamaya Park disappears from tourist trail

Derelict Gangamaya Park
Tue, Aug 20, 2019

Our Correspondent
DARJEELING:
The GNLF-affiliated Jan Chetna Sangarsh Samity (JCSG) would be submitting a memorandum to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) seeking renovation of Gangamaya Park.
The Gangamaya Park, a tourist spot about 16 km away from Darjeeling town, is presently in a dilapidated condition and does not attract tourists anymore.
“Locals had requested us to visit Gangamaya Park asking us to see the dilapidated condition there and take up the issue with the concerned department. We saw that the condition of this place is not good with the place completely closed with no tourist visiting this place. During the time of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, it was running properly with us hearing that this place used to earn good revenue but still it has been neglected,” said the JCSS member Manzila Tamang.
Tamang said the Gangamaya Park has been victimized by the GTA.
“We want that this place should be renovated and reopened. We are also seeing many other tourist spots that are also in a bad condition even though many people are dependent on tourism here.  We will submit memorandums regarding the work required to do in all these places,” said Tamang.
At present, Gangamaya Park is completely closed.
Rock Garden, another tourist spot just above Gangamaya Park, is also in a neglected condition. Taxi drivers also avoid the spot while taking tourists around due to the bad road stretch of about 11 km from Dali to Gangamaya Park.
In 2015, the then GTA chairman Bimal Gurung had laid a foundation stone for restoration of Gangamaya Park and Rock Garden but the work has not been completed.
When contacted, GTA tourism assistant director Suraj Sharma said: “Work is already in process at Gangamaya Park where the place is being cleared of the overgrown grass and plants in the area. The silt that has collected will also be cleared so boating can take place. Apart from that a tender has also been floated for the road from Dali to Gangamaya. We are planning to have the place functional and open it by September this year.”


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