Khammam city has been named to be developed as a Smart City but it lacks space to build public parks. Though seven parks already exist in the city, the extent of all of them put together is below ten acres.
Out of seven parks, five are very congested. The locales have been showing less interest in visiting such parks.
A municipal corporation official says, “The government is more interested in allocating open places to private persons and institutions than for public facilities. The Khammam Municipal Corporation does not have considerable space in its possession to develop parks”.
A private party has been allotted with 10 acre near Lakaram tank bund which is developed as a park. Now, it charges Rs. 1,000 to each walker. Walkers prefer the grounds of SR and BGNR Degree Colleges, Sardar Patel Stadium and Pavillion Grounds for their daily exercise.
A walker says, “In the mornings, all the three grounds witness a lot of rush with people from various places thronging them as there are no good parks giving enough lung space”.