Defence Colony loses playground to pvt school

DC | SHWETHA SATYANARAYAN
Published Jan 17, 2014, 5:28 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 6:50 am IST
While children in many neighbourhoods of the city are finding it increasingly hard.
Defence Colony Park in Indiranagar, has been rented out to a private school.
 Defence Colony Park in Indiranagar, has been rented out to a private school.

Bangalore: While children in many neighbourhoods of the city are finding it increasingly hard to enjoy outdoor sports for want of space and end up playing on the roads instead,   a public playground in Defence Colony, Indiranagar  has been rented to a school for use of its students.

The SSB International School, which has  rented the playground on the  6th main road of the colony,  has begun converting it for use by its students  and is expected to begin actively using  it in a few months.

 

The development is worrying many of the locals as their children may have no playground left for their sports in the bargain. Says Ashok C, a resident of Defence Colony, “My son and his friends regularly play football in the ground.

With the summer vacations only a few months away, he is concerned that he and his friends may not be able to use it anymore. We do have a children’s park in the area,  but it cannot be used for playing cricket and football. Where will the children go if the gates are locked by the school management?”

 

Other residents are afraid  they won’t be able to erect pandals during festivals in the ground now that it has been rented to the school. Says Nayana, another  Defence Colony resident,  “The school has told us that no public events can take place in the ground. This is the only vacant area in the locality. Its unfortunate that we are  losing this as well.”

It is believed  the school management has elaborate plans for the playground, which will have a cricket pitch, a football court and a general play area  for its students. As the construction work is expected to take a few months,  the ground could be ready for its use by the next academic year, according to sources.

 

When contacted, the school authorities confirmed that   no public event would be allowed  in the grounds, but said children of the locality could still play there. “We will not allow any social events to take place in the ground, but children from the locality can  play here still,” said Srinivas, director of SSB International.
 

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Location: Karnataka




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