THOSE RESIDING in dwelling units of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) can look forward to a healthy dose of physical exercise. The board has decided to install state-of-the-art gymnasiums in all of its housing schemes.
To begin with, the gyms will be installed in three housing societies and will be open to residents free of cost. All the societies will be covered in a phased manner. There are nearly 64,000 CHB dwelling units spread across 15 sectors in the city, including sectors 38 (West), 29, 41, 40, 44, 43, 45, 47 and Modern Housing Complex.
In the first phase, gyms will be installed in the societies developed by the board in sectors 45, 38 (West) and Manimajra at a cost of Rs 66.74 lakh, of which Rs 32.14 lakh has been earmarked for fitness equipment while Rs 34.60 lakh will be spent on covered platform for the equipment.
To avail the facility, the board has laid a condition that the resident welfare associations (RWAs) concerned will have to submit a written consent for taking over the fitness equipment. The safety and maintenance of the equipment will be the responsibility of RWAs. If RWA of any the three selected societies fails to give their consent, then another society will be picked for installing fitness equipment.
CHB chairman Maninder Singh maintains the decision has been taken by the board under corporate social responsibility. “We have taken the decision for the welfare of our allottees,” he said. The matter will be placed before the board meeting for taking final approval.
Recently, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had installed an open-air gym in Shanti Kunj. The civic body installed 10 non-electrical fitness machines at a cost of around Rs 10 lakh.
Lauding the initiative, CHB Resident Federation secretary Rajat Malhotra asserts that the step will help the residents in staying fit. “The residents can avail the facility of gym at their doorstep for free of cost,” he added.
Wi-Fi-enabled reading rooms
THE board has also decided to set up wi-fi-enabled reading rooms in all the societies. CHB chairman Maninder Singh said that each reading room would have books, magazines and newspapers. The residents will also get free wi-fi facility.