Published On : Fri, Oct 28th, 2016

200-foot flagpole at “pathetic” Kasturchand Park opposed

Reacting to the report that a 200-foot flagpole being erected at Kasturchand Park for which Union Minister performed bhoomipujan on Friday, the Parivartan Citizen Forum has termed the move as “disrespect to the national flag” due to pathetic condition of the ground.

The Parivartan Citizen Forum said that one of the leading media houses along with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has decided to erect 200-foot tall flagpole for unfurling the tricolor at Kasturchand Park. The Forum welcomes this activity and is assured that this will soon become a popular visiting place for Nagpurians and others visiting the Orange City. “However the present condition of this ground is pathetic to say the least, indiscriminate commercialization by District Collector’s office has not only ruined the beauty of this historic ground but has made it a centre for all kinds of illegal activity. The ground is the centre and safe haven for prostitution, LGBT community, drug peddlers, illegal taxi stand and open defecation is a common sight all around the boundary. Erection of the National Flag in such condition will be a great insult of the reverend tricolor.

We have submitted a memorandum to the District Collector, NMC Commissioner and Police Commissioner to immediately look into this matter and have urged them to take collective efforts to improve the condition of this ground so that Nagpur soon becomes proud of having one of the tallest Indian flag. Till the condition of this ground is not improved and respectable condition for hoisting the flag is not achieved we will oppose any kind of construction activity for erection of this Flag,” the Forum declared.

The Parivartan Citizen Forum is reputed for regularly raising various issues pertaining to this ground viz. over-commercialization, damage to Heritage Structures, open defecation, immoral activities etc. etc. “We feel that this ground is a proud landmark of Nagpur City and it should be properly maintained and preserved for sporting and other recreation activities,” the Forum said.