Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) said the main purpose of the competition was to make the younger generation acquainted with the old and nearly forgotten sports.
“The younger generation who are well adept with computer and video games should also know about old outdoor games that are forgotten now. They may not accept it but it is our sincere effort to make them aware of these games,” he said.
The games like “kumir danga, chu kit kit, marbles called” guli” in vernacular parlance and “dang guli” which have been forgotten will be reintroduced. On the first day of the completion, the students will be taught the rules of the game and once they are aware, the competition will begin.
Congratulating HIDCO’s effort well known Pulmonologist and former director of National Allergy Asthma and Bronchitis Institute (NAABI), Dr AG Ghosal said the students who are bogged down with studies should be allowed to take part in outdoor games.
“The rural outdoor games help one to keep fit and reduce obesity to a great extent which is a major problem among students coming from affluent families.”
The Eco Urban Village has come up on 15 acres of land where the visitors will have a taste of the rural life in the heart of a modern developed city. It was inaugurated in December last year and now work is on to give it a final shape. There is a water body where the revellers can go for paddle boating. There is no concrete structure in the park. There are huts with straw roofs.
There is an auditorium where the visitors can sit and enjoy performances of rural folk artists. Rupchand Kundu has given the concept and is working on it. There will be bauls, dholok players and those who play the ektara so that the city dwellers have a taste of rural folk culture and music.
Like the Eco Park, this place is likely to become a centre for attraction soon. The Eco Park which is a major tourist destination has attracted over 48 lakh visitors since its inception.