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No facilities in children's parks in Delhi: NGO to HC

Posted on Aug 14 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 13 : The Delhi High Court was Wednesday told by an NGO that out of 14,000 municipal parks in the city, only 126 have dedicated playing facilities for children.

Due to the lack of playgrounds, children are inhumanly being pushed to stay indoors with digital devices as their only outlet, NGO Peoples' Action Group said.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw was also informed that this has a huge impact on the mental and physical health of children.

"Children need swings, space for sports, skating, badminton, cycling and a variety of other playing activities suited to different age categories," the NGO said.

The court allowed the NGO's plea to include it as a party in a suo motu case it took on the letter of a Supreme Court judge who spoke about the deplorable condition of children's parks in the city.

The court expressed displeasure on the action of civic bodies of not filing a status report on the conditions of the parks.

During the hearing, counsel Nidhesh Gupta, who was appointed amicus curiae in the case, complained to the court that the condition of children's parks have not improved despite various direction by the court.

"We visited some of these parks again. On close inspection, we found the swings are badly damaged, edges are coming out, bolts are loose," he told the court.

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