Divij Shah, a national-level paracyclist, took to the empty streets at Maidan on Monday morning, breathing clean air through a mask and resuming his daily workout regimen. He’s not the only one. Several joggers and morning walkers are starting to step out of their homes after being confined for almost 40 days. These fitness enthusiasts believe that staying home at a time when the air quality of Kolkata is at its best in a decade, is a shame. Most of them are willing to follow social distancing and other safety norms as long as they can be out and about.
“My exercise routine has been suffering due to the lockdown. But now, when I go out in the mornings, I wear a mask. I also maintain social distancing to make sure I am safe from the virus,” said Divij.
After walking on his terrace for more than a month, Nirmal Kumar Ray, a businessman, went back to Maidan on Monday morning. “It is not the same as walking on my roof. I missed this place so much,” he said.
Minakhshi Baradwaj, who has been a regular jogger at Victoria Memorial for the last 12 years, is walking around Maidan now since the gardens of Victoria are inaccessible. “I don’t have any patience left for the lockdown to get over. Earlier, we used to come here in a group. My friends will start their morning fitness routine soon,” she said.
Mitali Saha, who was spotted walking on Southern Avenue, just beside Rabindra Sarobar lake, is strictly maintaining social distancing and using a mask and sanitiser while going out. “There are no cars around. Kolkata air has never seemed this clean. It’d be a shame to not make use of this,” she added.
Source: Times of India