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Green Victoria Memorial Maidan in Kolkata has turned into animals' feeding ground
Victoria memorial and the adjacent Maidan are hallmarks of Kolkata's culture. For many decades it has been the favourite ground for all morning walkers, sports lovers, kids and senior citizens.

The fresh air and lush greenery of Victoria Maidan are soothing and calm for thousands of Kolkatans. This Maidan has witnessed many marathons and long runs for the joy of sports enthusiasts. It's like a second home to many who have been visiting the place for decades.

At the Maidan, it was altogether a different scene in the mornings a few years ago. The entire area was full of positive energy and clean air. But things have changed over the years and the once vibrant and energetic ground has changed into animals' feeding ground.

Now a days it's really hard for walkers and runners who use Victoria Maidan as their base for exercise and starting point. One corner of the Maidan is covered with horse drawn vehicles (tangas) and horses waiting for their customers in the morning. Most of the space occupied by these tangas is full of horse feces causing unhygienic conditions for morning walkers. The affected road has an unpleasant smell. Most of the road adjoining the Maidan has been severely damaged due to horseshoes (visible marks are present on the road).

There is no separate place or arrangement for horse drawn vehicles to park or upkeep their horses and in the absence of any formal arrangement it's entirely up to them to decide which place to use for their horses.

To the surprise of many morning walkers, the Maidan has also become the feeding ground for hundreds of cattle. It is the same place which kids, students and sports lovers use for their morning activities.

It seems that deteriorating conditions at the Maidan are mocking the campaign "Concern for Kolkata" which was launched by the state government and Municipal Corporation.

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