The Queen’s Garden or Rani Bagicha or Rani chi Bagh in Camp Belagavi was one of the tourist attractions for outsiders and even the locals. A peaceful place where students studied and scored remarkable marks in the exams.
Spread across 3.2 acres this garden was built by the Britishers somewhere in 1878.
Today the view of the Queens Garden is very doleful. Broken benches, chopped trees, electric poles on the ground it looks like this was never a beautiful Garden or it has changed like this after some natural calamity.
The Cantonment Board of Belgaum in January 2011 decided to start an eco park spread over 3.2 acres next to the Queens Garden. Nor the Eco park nor the somehow maintained Queens garden has been looked after. Even in this state of affairs people flock to the garden but get disheartened with the state in which it is maintained.
The Cantonment board is spending Lakhs on boards to be placed infront of each bungalow. It has created a few gardens as well, but it has forgotten to the preserve the oldest garden.
The Sharqat Park just opposite the Queens Garden is magnificent, but if one has a look at Queens garden it is in a horrifying state.
Same is the case with the Suryakant park at Gogte Circle, totally neglected and now the park gives a ugly look with grass grown all over, the fountain hasn‘t been working for years now, even the fencing was removed recently and now it houses a few street dwellers who are safe inside in the park premises.
The Cantonment is currently making a walking track along the Darga which is again a very nice idea, the Thimmappa road has landscaping on both sides which is fabulous but the board must also see at these garden’s.
All those old timers who left the city for work or otherwise and who must have a special feeling for the Queens garden, you will be disappointed.