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New children’s parks in Delhi
Detail: New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to develop 78 parks in the next one year to keep the Commonwealth Games (CWG) legacy alive in the city. Shera Maidans, as these parks will be called, will have the infrastructure for at least one sport apart from changing rooms and a play area for children. The parks will bear the emblem of CWG mascot Shera and a pictorial logo of the NDMC.

To keep the legacy of Delhi's showcase sporting event alive, Sports Minister Ajay Maken had last week announced the formation of a committee of spokespersons to suggest ways for utilisation of the sporting infrastructure created by the Sports Authority of India for the Games. Based on a pilot project taken up by the NDMC at Raja Bazar in November last year, the civic agency had sent a proposal to the Ministry to develop 100 parks in this way. The Sports Ministry has sanctioned the development of 78 parks out of the 100. Of these, 67 parks are less than 2,000 square metres in area, while 11 are between 2,000 and 4,000 square metres.

The project will be executed and funded jointly by the Ministry and the NDMC. A pilot project was taken up at a one-acre park in a government colony in Raja Bazar near Gole Market last November. With volleyball courts, changing rooms, and play equipment for children, the NDMC made this pilot project the basis of its proposal to the Ministry.

Going a step ahead, the civic body has also constituted its own NDMC Play Field Association, on the lines of the National Play Fields Association realizing that the neighborhood level parks are being increasingly encroached on leaving few open playfields and to protect the Commonwealth Games legacy.

Source: Based on “Shera Maidans planned to give sports a boost” by Geeta Gupta, Indian Express, February 9, 2011 Wednesday
Date: March 20 2011