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  • Delhi's first adventure park for cycle sports in Dwarka

    Post Date:- 06.01.15

    NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote use of non-motorized vehicles, Delhi Development Authority is planning to develop an adventure cycle and bike park in Dwarka. The park will have infrastructure for various cycle sports--as well as dedicated tracks for cycling and jogging. A proposal will be placed before the DDA screening committee on Wednesday and then tabled in the next Authority meeting.

    Spread over a hectare, the park will have mountain biking terrain, cycling circuits, a special area for kids, a fitness centre and running tracks.Events like Raahgiri have shown that people are keen to cycle, skate and walk provided they get access to traffic-free spaces, said officials.

    "The idea is to provide people with such a space. There is no park in the capital where people, especially the young generation, can engage in adventure biking or other such activities. We want to promote use of cycle and other non-motorized vehicles. For this, we have to provide adequate infrastructure to people," said Balvinder Kumar, DDA vice chairperson.

    The park will be developed along Palam drain in Dwarka Sector 5. Officials say a large unplanned green area is available between Palam drain and the road dividing sectors 5 and 6. "It is a master plan green area. DDA has its temporary site office there. It's an ideal loca tion to develop the park, being close to the DDA sports complex," said an official.

    For this, the Authority will take the help of international experts. The civic agency will hire a consultant to assess the financial and technical viability of the project. "We plan to construct a mountain biking terrain and BMX or bicycle motocross tracks. The cycle park will have its own website where information regarding events will be published," the official said.

    The land-owning agency is also planning start a cycle sharing system in Dwarka, selected for PM Narendra Modi's smart cities project. As DDA works out a plan for upgrading the sub-city's infrastructure to promote use of non-motorized transport, the proposed park is being seen as a major step in that direction.

    "While planning the subcity, the Authority had proposed cycling tracks at various locations. We need to review the plan. There is also a need to revive the green areas along Palam and Najafgarh drains," an official said.

    Once approved by the authority , the land owning agency will invite proposals to develop the park. This will be done according to development control norms and the park will be disabled-friendly.

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