The Rabindra Sarobar morning walkers group on Friday sent a letter to the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), the custodians of the lake, urging them to allow the sarobar to open from 5am to 8am for morning walks.
Environmentalist Somendra Mohan Ghosh, a regular at the lake, said that the green belt and waterbodies of Rabindra Sarobar are help them breathe fresh air. “Many senior citizens suffer from COPD, diabetes or hypertension and for them morning walk is highly beneficial in this eco-friendly zone. We are requesting the authorities to permit only three hours for the Sarobar to remain open from 5am to 8am for morning walk till the strict Covid restrictions are over. We assure that social distancing norms during our walk inside the Sarobar will be thoroughly maintained,” Ghosh said, adding, that the same request have also been sent addressing to the state chief secretary.
Ghosh said that there were around 7,000 regular morning walkers at the Lake and almost half of them now took their walks on the main Southern Avenue. “Morning walkers will be benefited if the authorities allow at least a few hours for the Lake to open,” said Santanu Chatterjee, a regular morning walker.KMDA officials said that they are strictly following the instructions of the state government. “The Sarobar gates will be opened according to the instructions that we will receive from the government,” said a KMDA official. Last year, the Sarobar premises were opened gradually after the restrictions, with the authorities giving a three hour window for morning walkers to have their daily stroll. The sarobar was again fully closed from last month following the strict Covid restrictions that will continue till June 15 as of now.
Source: Times of India