Graffiti on walls, garbage all over, Rock Garden is losing its sheen

Rock Garden creator Nek Chand wants people to be more sensitive

The Rock Garden, Chandigarh's renowned tourist destination, is facing neglect. With graffiti on its walls, structures damaged by visitors and garbage strewn around, the place is in dire need of maintenance.

The waterfalls and pools were made to enhance the scenic beauty of the Rock Garden, but their poor maintenance has begun to turn away many tourists. The popular "wishing well" inside the garden has become a dumping pit for garbage, letting out only stink for those throwing coins in it to make a wish. Said young visitor Arushi Gujral, "It is really irritating. There was a sense of fun that one saw in families coming here for picnics. That seems to have been lost."

Graffiti adorns the walls of the Rock Garden. Visitors coming here do not seem to care much about maintaining the place. Apart from spoiling the walls and structures that are unique to this place, empty wrappers and bottles are also carelessly strewn about.

Ankit, a regular visitor to the garden, who comes here with his friends every few weeks, complained, "Though maintenance is still on, the water falls and streams do not look that attractive any more."

Creator of the Rock Garden Nek Chand said people should realise that it was their garden and maintain it accordingly. "I feel bad when I see visitors throwing garbage all around despite the presence of dustbins. I think the place is well maintained. But people need to be more sensitive towards maintenance of their surroundings," he opined.

The UT Administration has mooted a proposal to illuminate the Rock Garden and plans for the project are being prepared. It will be part of the proposal to promote night tourism in the city. Visiting hours to the garden will be increased too.

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