At a time when lifestyle diseases are taking a toll on people, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is taking steps to create open-air fitness centers in parks. People can avail themselves of the facility free of cost.
The BDA will set up five more open-air gyms at five parks. It had set up such facilities in 10 parks earlier.
“Apart from the five gyms, we will have indoor multi-gyms at Madhusudan Das park, Pokhariput, Kharvel park, Khandagiri and Buddha Jayanti Park and Niladri Vihar,” said BDA vice chairman Krishan Kumar.
The new outdoor fitness centers will be different from conventional gyms as they will have a wide variety of exercise equipment for the elderly, children and youths, Kumar added. People visiting these parks will be able to use them easily as they have been installed at strategic locations like the walking track and rest shed.
” We also have plans to open two skating rings in the city parks, one at Madhu Sudan Das Park and another at Buddha Jayanti Park. Currently, we are developing parks at Nayapalli N-3 and N-5 and K-6 at Kalinga Nagar, Sailashree Vihar Phase III, Gayatri Vihar and Ananta Vihar,” said a BDA official
The Smart City Project will also have components like Satyanagar Institutional Core Redevelopment Project, Integrated Comprehensive Mobility Plan and upgradation of traffic signal system i and a lot of progress has been made in this regard , the official said.
The BDA had recently set up a high-end gym at Indira Gandhi park, which is spread over 3,000 sq ft.
“We have spent Rs 40 lakh on constructing the building for the gym. It is fully air-conditioned and has a number of hydraulic equipment for different exercises. We have kept trained personnel to guide the people coming for exercise,” said another BDA official. The IG park sees a footfall of more than 2,000 people every day.
Fitness enthusiasts have welcomed the move of the BDA.
“There was a time when people had to go to parks to get some fresh air and to a gym for exercise. This initiative would enable one to get the two things at one place,” said Srikanta Mishra, a professional.
Courtesy: The Times of India