Garden is essential service
It is unacceptable. We are already paying taxes to the municipal corporation. Why should we also pay garden entry fee? The provision of a garden is an essential service that any local governing body should provide to its citizens free of charge.
It is an amenity
A garden is not merely a service; it is an amenity, and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) should provide it without charging any fee. The idea of charging for services has emerged from the Smart City project. In reality, a garden is not a service but an amenity, and it is crucial to allocate land for gardens in the city’s development plan.
Private players will charge fee
There seems to be a hidden agenda in involving private hands in garden maintenance. Private players will not provide services for free and it raises doubts about the relevance of municipal garden department.
Private hands boost infra devp
The state is a welfare provider according to the constitutional principles. While privatisation helps in development of infrastructure, it should not affect basic services. Privatisation of civic services could lead to profit maximisation and monopoly.
Twice spending money on facility
The residents should unite to oppose such initiatives that negatively impact their daily lives. Handing over municipal gardens, set up by using taxpayers’ money, to private hands is like spending public money twice on the same facility.
Gardens are essential components of city life
While there is scarcity of open spaces in city areas due to rapid urbanisation, gardens and playgrounds are essential components of city life, as outlined in the development plan. Privatising these “lungs of the city” should always be opposed.
Discrimination towards residents
Charging entry fees for gardens is discrimination towards residents. Only those who can afford the fees would enjoy the facility, creating a divide. It could also affect the health of children and senior citizens, particularly the marginalised and financially disadvantaged sections of society.
Seek aid from industries
Industries in the city could contribute funds through corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to maintain the municipal gardens. Why should the burden of funding falls on taxpayers when industries could provide support to PMC.
Denial of common people’s rights
Gardens are spaces for socialising, especially where people spend most of their time indoors. The importance of fresh air was underlined in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. Charging fees for this facility is a denial of common people’s rights and an impediment to a healthy lifestyle.