South corpn to geo-tag its parks and open gyms

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Vibha.Sharma @times­

New Delhi: Find­ing a park for recre­ation pur­pose, play­ing area for chil­dren or open gym in your neigh­bour­hood won’t be a her­culean task any more.

The South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has launched a project ‘Know your park or gym’ un­der which it will geo-tag all recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties such as parks, open gyms, play­ing spots (like Nan­dan Van and other ar­eas de­vel­oped in mar­kets) and share their in­for­ma­tion on 311 app.

The pur­pose of the project is to make in­ter­ested res­i­dents aware of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties and use them as per their convenienc­e, said a se­nior SDMC of­fi­cial.

The IT de­part­ment has al­ready started giv­ing train­ing to sec­tion of­fi­cers for map­ping lon­gi­tude and lat­i­tude of th­ese sites.

“This will help them to mark the ex­act lo­ca­tion of th­ese places and share them on app. Peo­ple can use the tool to lo­cate th­ese sites. Trained hor­ti­cul­ture of­fi­cials will fur­ther help other staff to cover all parks with such fa­cil­i­ties in their ar­eas in a time-bound man­ner,” said Ka­mal­jeet Sher­awat, leader of house, SDMC.

There are more than 6,822 parks in SDMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion and of them, 1,050 have gyms and 850 parks have play­ing equip­ment for kids. “But every­one is not aware of their lo­ca­tions. We have even wards where 50% of the parks have fa­cil­i­ties for gym or play­ing area. Geo­tag­ging is an ef­fort to help vis­i­tors get the ex­act lo­ca­tion of our pop­u­lar parks such as Nan­dan Van and Won­der of Worlds. Sim­i­larly, parks which are re­cently de­vel­oped or are com­ing up for kids will also be added in the list,” said a se­nior SDMC of­fi­cial.

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