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SURAT: Jignesh Gandhi, a 44-year-old businessman from the city, has taken up the cudgels to feed more than 1,000 poor people ever since the lockdown, twice a day. What’s more he even personally visits the localities to provide the food.

“I come from a very poor family and have seen struggle in my life. I can feel the pain of being poor,” said Gandhi, a resident of Bhatar area in the city. Their group, called ‘Alliance Club of Surat Hope’ is actively involved in providing education to more than 5,000 underprivileged children in and around Surat.

“Since the lockdown happened, we decided to reach out to the poor and the daily wage earners, who are the worst hit in this lockdown and are unable to feed themselves. So, we prepare food for 1000 people twice a day and distribute it to people in different localities in the city,” Gandhi told TOI on Saturday.

“A temple in Jahangirpura area has given us their space to cook food for these many people and from there we also distribute the food. There are many daily wagers who have no money at all to buy essentials. We find them out and give them food. We will continue to serve these people till it requires our help,” Gandhi added.

Apart from providing cooked food to people, Gandhi’s NGO has also provided grocery kits to more than 4,800 people in the last 10 days. Each kit contains 5kg flour, 3kg rice, 1 litre edible oil, 2kg tur dal and 1kg of moong dal.

“We are also going to provide medicines to the people living in old-age home in the city,” Gandhi added.

Story originally published on TOI – Surat businessman feeds 1000 poor twice a day

Swimming Pools in Surat | Being Fit in Surat

Whether you are a fitness buff or sports enthusiast, swimming has always been one of the best methods for improving stamina, fitness and overall health. If you have been looking out for having fun on the beaches and often felt reluctant because you didn’t know swimming. Are you someone with a fitness resolution for this year, which never actually took off. Then you must definitely check-out if swimming can bring some florishment into your life.

Swimming is one of the simplest exercises, yet it is one of the most effective methods for body fitness. It helps you in increasing agility and internal strength. It helps you to cut down your body fat and increase your muscle strength. As well as it boosts your confidence and will-power. It is as challenging as it can be in the initial days, but as you progress slowly, you will be interested to go into water daily to have your swimming strides. So let’s get rolling, to find out some of the swimming pools in Surat.

Swimming is all about agility, internal strength, will-power, confidence and discovering yourself !

Surat Municipal Corporation has constructed around 17 swimming pools around the city. Surti’s can take benefit of the same at nominal price. Membership to the pool, is divided into two categories, as learners/beginners and swimmers. Those who already know swimming and want to continue going to pool to maintain their fitness, they can take a learned swimmer membership and enjoy the benefits.

For beginners and learners, there is a different batch and they are provided with a Swimming coach, who helps with the basics and conducts the training for about a period of 3 months. The joining formalities for learning batch, starts one week prior to the start of tenure, for e.g. for Jan-March you have to visit in the last week of December. Batches are run in the following tenures.

Tenure for Learner’s Batch

  • January – March
  • April – June
  • July – September
  • October – December

You will need to register for training, by filling the application form, duly signed and attached with a photograph. The form needs to be attested by a medical practioner, holding a MD/MBBS degree. The fees currently is 1200 for 3 months and 100 Rs for registration charges.


For latest information on Swimming Pools in Surat, visit SMC website.

You can use the following map to locate swimming pool nearest to you.

Disclaimer : We try to provide latest information as per the changes in the rates/rules. However, Surat Diaries is not responsible for any kind of decisions taken based on the information provided above. We suggest you to visit nearest swimming pool or SMC website for latest updates and changes, before taken any decisions.