Neighbourhood parks will be open throughout the day.
Story so far: Most parks are open for a limited number of hours per day. They’re open from 6-11 am, and 4-5 pm to 7-8 pm. There’s a gap in the afternoon when parks are closed. A public space like a park should be accessible throughout the day, according to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner Tushar Girinath.
- In places like JP Nagar, Jayanagar, and Koramangala, many gig workers want to take a break. After working all morning, they could use some rest. The same goes for civic workers like Pourakarmikas in the city. Parks are places that offer some respite.
- The privatisation of parks is probably one reason why they have limited timings. Some have blamed the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) as they often decide the hours when parks can remain open.
What happens now? Since these issues have come up, activists and some workers themselves have spoken out. The BBMP said it will issue an order to keep neighbourhood parks open from 6 am to 8 pm.