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DDA to have free open-air gymnasiums in 50 parks

Senior DDA officials said the three parks where the facility will come up are Japanese Park in Rohini, Sanjay Lake in Trilokpuri and Hauz Khas district park.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi |
April 22, 2015 1:20:02 am
hauz khas, dda, delhi development authority, gym, delhi gym, open air gym, delhi parks, delhi news, india news The gyms will open next month at Japanese Park, Sanjay Lake in Trilokpuri and Hauz Khas Park (above).

Fifty parks owned and maintained by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will from now on boast of open gymnasiums with state-of-the-art equipment. The gyms are slated to be operational in three parks — to begin with — next month and will be open to public free of cost.

Senior DDA officials said the three parks where the facility will come up are Japanese Park in Rohini, Sanjay Lake in Trilokpuri and Hauz Khas district park.

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Officials said the open gymnasium concept will gradually be implemented in all 50 parks owned by the DDA. The equipment will include air walkers, sit-up benches, air swings, stair steppers, leg presses, pull-up chairs, parallel bars, chest presses, bench presses, poles with dumb bells, treadmills and cross-walkers. All these have been purchased from a private company in Noida. To begin with, the concept as a sample has been introduced in Dwarka’s Sector 10 park.

The DDA maintains nearly 12,000 acres of green area in Delhi, spread across 882 huge and small parks. It spends over Rs 300 crore annually on their maintenance.

Asked about how the equipment will be kept safe, an official said all machines will be tamper-proof and will be clamped onto concrete slabs, making it impossible to move them manually. “These equipment are tamper-proof and it will take a heavy machine — like a crane — to move them. They are also rain proof,” an official said.

Officials said guards posted at parks will conduct frequent checks to ensure that the machines are being used in the right manner and not being tampered with. “Since guards and DDA caretakers will be doing rounds, women’s security will also be ensured. Also, most of these parks are used by morning or evening walkers,” the official said.

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