BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 17: It is high time someone raised a stink about Dighalipukhuri in Guwahati. Strolling or talking around there with beloved is not as sweet as it was back in the day. The condition of the park is no longer suitable for visitors to sit on or stroll around. Visitors need to turn their nose up. The colour of the water in the pukhuri is somewhat greenish.
Speaking to The Sentinel, an official of the park said: “It isn’t possible to clean the pukhuri daily. We do clean it weekly. Sometime it smells foul. However, we always try to maintain cleanliness. Due to the foul smell the number of footfall is decreasing.”
Sharing her experience, a student of Handique Girls’ College said: “We can’t stand near the park due to a bad smell. The department concerned should clean the park. Dighalipukhri Park is the place where kids can come and play. Also students like us visit the park for refreshment. However, now the park is not that alluring for us as it was back in the day.” One of the visitors to the park said, “I brought my child to the park, but after coming here I found a foul smell of the water. This is not good for heath. Workers should clean the pukhuri daily. It is unwise to bring kids here for their enjoyment. The matter should be taken seriously.” Talking to this reporter, another official said: “Our workers clean the pukhuri weekly. However, if we’re to clean algae we have to use mechanical ways. However, such a move will only invite an outcry from the public.”