NEW DELHI: A Supreme court-appointed committee has ordered closure of all fitness centers, which include gymnasiums, yoga and meditation centers, which have been operating since August 12, 2008. The committee took the decision seeing that opening of such fitness centers directly violates rules set under the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD)-2021. The MPD highlights that fitness centers shall only be operated from malls and commercial plots owned by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
The Chambers of Trade and Industry (CTI) has also come in support of the gym and yoga centre owners and requested Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs to amend the master plan and shift the cut-off date so that sealing could be stopped. Brijesh Goyal, CTI national convener, said, “Most gyms in Delhi were built after 2008. We requested Puri to shift the cut-off date to September 2019, as done in the case of restaurants, to stop sealing.