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Open Air Gyms at 15 BDA parks in Capital City

 Continuing its efforts to provide better health and lifestyle practices, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has now set up Open Air Gym facilities at at 15 parks across the city.

Two years ago, the city had started with one such facility at Buddha Jayanti Park, which later became five.

The Civic body had introduced the Open Air Gym concept in the city to create daily exercising habit among the netizen some time ago.

But after the spread of this concept there has been a dramatic rise in people from all walks of life are using the equipment installed in these parks.

Notably, Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo on the occasion of the 33rd BDA Foundation Day inaugurated the first Open Air Gym facility on September 1 in 2015,  at Buddha Jayanti Park in Niladri Vihar.

Later in the same year Biju Patnaik Park near Capital Hospital, Kelucharan Park near Netaji Subhash Enclave, Gadakana, Madhusudan Park at Pokhariput and Kharavela Park near Khandagiri-Udayagiri caves were added to the list.

Each set of outdoor fitness equipment comprised an air walker, sit-up bench, air swing, twister, set back or glider, push and pull up chair, knee/hip raise on parallel bars, big shoulder wheel, spinner, bench with fixed dumbbell, bench with fixed weight lift and poles with fixed weight.

As per the size of the park, however, two different sets of equipment, i.e. twelve or six are fixed in the areas earmarked for the Open Air Gym, said sources.

Sources added that from the three Smart Parks being planned in Sahid Nagar, one will have the Open Air Gym facility in order to give the people of Smart District more smarter and healthier alternative to keep themselves active and fit.

According to a a morning walker and regular at Madhusudan Park Pokariput, this innovative concept by BDA at major parks has come as a booster to the senior citizens and people are seen queuing up at the park since 5 am in the morning.

Locals say these Open Air Gym have actually come as a reminder for all to be cautious about their own fitness and need to use them daily.

The BDA has not only initiated the smarter alternatives for its citizens through the Open Air Gyms, but the introduction of Patha Utsav (previously Raahgiri) to promote physical fitness and activities and use of non-motorised transport like walking and bicycles, also proves that the development authority is always doing something in a sustainable way to keep the people healthy and happy.

In the near future the Public Bicycle Sharing system with 1,200 cycles through 120 docking stations across the Capital city would also add to the continuing initiatives to make Bhubaneswar more healthy and fit.


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