Vijayawada

‘Aqua Devils’ stares at loss of roof

Youngsters learning long-distance swimming in river Krishna during an event organised by Aqua Devils Welfare Association at Undavalli near on Thursday.—Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

While dozens of young swimmers were busy learning the nuances of swimming amidst merriment in river Krishna, the members of Aqua Devils Welfare Association (ADWA), an outfit promoting long distance swimming in city, looked pensive. They are a worried lot as the premises have come under the land pooling for the proposed capital region.

“We are conducting coaching camp for the children for past six years and we have produced more than 2,000 swimmers from the city. Over a period of time this premises has transformed into a health hub.

Members and their families practice yoga, swimming and other games to stay fit and healthy,” says association president K.S. Ramachandra Rao.

The association’s annual river crossing event organised on the Republic Day (January 26) is the most-sought after event, drawing swimmers from all over the country.

“This well-publicised event is held in a carnival atmosphere and best of long distance swimmers from the country are seen in action,” Mr. Rao added.

The association has acquired equipment for promoting canoeing and kayaking. “We are planning to promote yachting and other water sports as well. River Krishna is the apt place to set you the water sports hub of the new State of Andhra Pradesh”.

The association has submitted a proposal seeking exemption for the association premises from land pooling to the Deputy Collector, who in turn has handed it over the Commissioner of Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).

“We are keeping our fingers crossed. We do not know what the outcome will be,” said Mr. Rao.

Meanwhile, the month-long swimming camp will conclude on May 19, in which over 300 youngsters in the age group of five to 15 are honing their skills.

“Among 300 youngsters in the age group of five to 15, we have identified 120 as talented swimmers and we made them swim to Bhavani Island covering a distance of one kilometer to inculcate courage and confidence in them,” said secretary L. Ramakrishna.

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