There is good news for children in Delhi, as the national capital may soon see a big rise in places for children to play in. In a meeting held recently, the Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has asked the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to make a list of places lying vacant under their jurisdiction so they can be converted into playgrounds. The minister also hinted at a crackdown against schools that are not adhering to norms and said that the criteria of having at least mandatory four acres land for schools will be strictly applied to get recognition. The decision has been taken to provide enough playing space for the students, reports The Indian Express.
Raising concern on the dip in playing area in the schools, Vijay Goel said, schools have got the land requirement down from four acres to two acres, and this they are managing to do by doing away with the playgrounds on the premises. However, he said that the government will not let it happen anymore and students will be provided with adequate playgrounds. He advocated the importance of outdoor playing for their health. “Children need to play, it is vital for the health of the nation,” said Goel.
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The minister also rejected the idea that a huge amount of money would be required to provide playing space for children. Goel said they cannot build a skating ring as it would require a huge budget but there are so many other sports such as cricket, football, kabaddi and others that can be played at these grounds and all authorities need to do is clear them of the junk that is lying there and provide basic amenities.
Asked if the DDA comes up with any scheme on the same plots, Goel advocated its use for the children. He said the development authority can take back the land if required thereafter. But till that time, let it be used by kids to play.