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New Delhi, 16 July
The joy of boating at the historic boat club near Krishi Bhawan has returned to the Capital, as the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) has allowed boating around India Gate.
The Krishi Bhawan boat club which is one of the oldest in Delhi, has come alive with the sight of colourful boats and according to DTTDC, the response to the reopening of the boating club has been impressive. The boat club has become functional from 1st July. Delhi Tourism has put 20 two-seater pedal boats and 19 recreational open canoes. “The boating activities at Krishi Bhawn has been resumed from July 1. It is one of the oldest boating clubs and we are getting a good response. We have planned to introduce better boats in the coming weeks and refurbished the old boats by painting them new," said Mr Susheel Saxena, chief manager, DTTDC.  
Earlier, boating had been banned near India Gate and surrounding area, due to security reasons. Boating was discontinued in 2010 due to Metro Work.  According to DTTDC, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has cleaned up the canals and has also beautified the gardens from Rafi Marg to Janpath by planting more trees. The timings for boating are from 2 – 9 p m. The new boating club is very near to Central Secretariat Metro Station. The ticket charges are Rs 50 for 15 minutes and Rs 100 for 30 minutes. In the interim time, the CPWD has been carrying out extensive improvement of the lawns in this area. “Once the work is completed, we are allowed to start boating activity,” said Mr Saxena. He added that other plans like starting a coffee house around fountains in Vijay Chowk are also in progress.