IN A first, residents will now get an open-air gymnasium in city’s popular garden Shanti Kunj, Sector 16. They will be able to avail gym facilities here free of cost.
Under this pilot project being implemented on the lines of open-air gymnasium in Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi, the machines installed here are manually operated. The MC plans to get this facility introduced in all other popular parks of the city in due course of time.
“Not many people can afford going to the gym, so the concept is to provide the gym facilities free of cost to people. The aim is to promote healthy living,” says area councillor Pardeep Chhabra. The open-air gymnasium, expenditure on which is being borne from the councillor’s ward development fund, will be formally inaugurated next week.
Around 10 machines have been purchased for the gym which is coming up at a cost of around Rs 10 lakh.
From manual treadmill to the legs shaper to abs shaper, the civic body has tried to provide all kinds of facilities here. “None of the machines here requires electricity to run. The maintenance cost is also very low,’’ says an official of the engineering wing.
The equipment will be fixed in the ground so that no one is able to steal the machines. Chhabra says that a stage which was lying abandoned here in the garden has been used for this purpose. “The stage was meant for cultural functions. However, after a ban by the court not to use sound here, the idea of gym was mooted,” he adds.
“Usually only elderly people come to take a stroll in the park. Now people of all age groups would come here. Even senior citizens who feel uncomfortable going to the gym can use this facility. We will try to provide this facility in other popular parks as well,” adds Mayor Arun Sood.
The civic body is also planning to get a trainer to assist people during morning and evening hours. A security guard will also be deployed later.