Nagpur: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has announced plans to demolish Freedom Park, located at Zero Mile Metro station, to make way for a subway aimed at alleviating congestion on the Tekdi Road stretch. Preliminary drawings indicate that approximately 25 percent of the existing park area will be affected by the demolition, including the removal of staircases and other adjoining structures to facilitate the construction of the subway connecting Tekdi Road with Science College Road.
The decision to demolish the park comes after it had been closed to citizens for an extended period, only reopening on Thursday evening following media inquiries. While the park had been a popular spot for morning and evening walks, issues arose during afternoon and evening hours, with gatherings of youngsters causing disturbances and deterring those seeking a peaceful environment amidst the bustling square.
Furthermore, the subway project will also involve the removal of the park’s amphitheater, further limiting access for citizens. Anger among citizens has been mounting, particularly upon seeing closure notices posted at the park entrance.
Akhilesh Halve, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Communications at MMRCL, confirmed the development, stating that 25 percent of the park area will be diverted for subway construction according to initial plans. He assured that following the completion of the subway, efforts would be made to restore the park’s former glory.