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DDA parks to get a facelift: Bio toilets and open gyms

The DDA maintains a total of 12,000 acres of green area in Delhi, spread over 882 big and small parks.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi |
September 30, 2014 10:18:42 am

All Delhi Development Authority (DDA) parks, which measure 5 acres and above, will soon have state-of-the-art bio-toilets and new open gymnasiums.

Officials said the DDA had already invited expression of interest (EoI) for the plan, which also includes repairing existing gymnasiums in the parks.

A senior DDA official said the authority is considering getting one toilet designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation and another promoted by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission. However, the same has not been finalised yet, the official said.

The DDA maintains a total of 12,000 acres of green area in Delhi, spread over 882 big and small parks. It spends more than Rs 300 crore annually on their maintenance.

“We have invited EoI for toilets in DDA parks that are five acres and above. We are also planning for open gymnasiums. We will also repair and paint the existing fitness trails. The contracts are expected to be finalised by October-end. The installations will take another two months to come up,” a senior DDA official said.

At the 50 parks that are expected to be developed this way, the DDA plans to put up air walkers, sit-up benches, air swings, stair steppers, leg presses, pull-up chairs, parallel bars, chest presses, bench presses, poles with dumb bells, elliptical exerciser and cross walkers.

An official said the contract will also cover installation of easy-to-maintain fibre glass dust bins and wire mesh animal figures.
Further, the DDA has also decided to clean up all its parks, repair or replace worn-out park furniture and repair non-functional lights at no cost as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the nationwide cleanliness campaign. And all this will be done before Thursday, October 2.

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