Hyderabad: With the recent launch of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)-2022 Summer Coaching Camp, besides the main playgrounds and stadiums, several other playgrounds in GHMC are in a neglected condition especially in the old Town. Children’s and sports associations have asked the civic body to properly maintain the playgrounds.

Summer camps have not taken place for two years due to the Covid pandemic. This year, the GHMC aims to train children between the ages of 6 and 16 in sport. However, apart from the summer training camps, several associations also gave sports training, including cricket, football, tennis. In addition, children play in the playgrounds of the colony.

The majority of playgrounds in the old town are in a neglected state. In most of the fields, debris is found dumped. Complaints from children as well as associations, fall on deaf ears of the officials concerned.

“In Moghalpura sports complex, where Charminar Circle office is located, a pile of debris is found dumped. After several complaints, nothing was done,” said Mohammed Ahmed, Vice President of TDP Minority Cell. .

“I also raised the issue on social media, tagging senior officials. The debris was cleared. The next day debris was dumped. This needs to be stopped; the civic body needs to take serious note and enforce a fine for those who dump debris,” adds Ahmed.

Likewise, there are several such playgrounds in the old town which are in poor condition. In Santoshnagar, the playground is used for vehicle parking. In Rein Bazar, it turned into a dump. In Falaknuma, the ground is full of garbage.

Imran, a former hockey player, who reported to Coronation Club, says: “The government is talking about creating sportsmen and has started GHMC summer camps. Apart from these camps, children train in playgrounds. Playgrounds are neglected. Before talking about the state of state-of-the-art stadiums and equipment, it is necessary to make sport a habit; this can only happen if we make our playgrounds worth playing.”

Rahul from Moghalpura said there are two plots in the area, but one is full of garbage; the other has debris. The citizens of the old city have no choice but to play on the main roads which lead to accidents.