Agency to maintain park gyms

The development authority has decided to hire an external agency to properly maintain the fitness equipment installed at several open-air gyms located at the city parks.

By Sandeep Mishra
  • Published 25.06.18
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STAYING FIT: Youngsters work out at the open air gym of Indira Ganghi Park in BHubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The development authority has decided to hire an external agency to properly maintain the fitness equipment installed at several open-air gyms located at the city parks.

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is itself maintaining the open-air gyms now.

The agency will not only maintain the equipment but also take care of new installations. The BDA has invited a request for proposal for selection of the agency.

"We have introduced the open-air gyms in various parks of the city and many people are benefiting from them. There is the need for proper maintenance of the fitness equipment for which we have decided to take the help of an agency," said a BDA official.

"In 2015, we had started with one open-air gym at Buddha Jayanti Park. The number of such gyms increased to five in 2016 and to 15 parks in 2017," said BDA chief horticulturist A.N. Dhar.

The city now has 26 open-air gyms in various parks maintained by the BDA. Two more are coming up at Baramunda and Saheed Nagar by September.

"The open-air gyms are a major hit among all age groups and more people are visiting the parks now. We need to ensure quality service and we are taking steps to that effect," said the horticulturist.

Sources said the selected agency would first take care of the open-air gyms in 15 places. The equipment, which the agency will either maintain or install, are air-walker, sit-up benches, air-swing, twister, glider, push-up and pull-up chair, hip-raise bar, big shoulder wheel, spinner, bench with fixed dumbbell and weightlifter among others.

"It is a great initiative by the administration to introduce such open-air gyms. It is always enjoyable to work out in the open. I left my indoor gym and am now working outdoors. It is more cheerful and I can see that the authorities are maintaining the equipment well," said Girish Mishra, an user of the facility.