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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.

Akshaya Patra Foundation |NGO in Surat | Providing Mid-Day Meals to SMC Schools and Anganwadis

Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation working towards providing mid-day meals to the kids of government schools and government-aided schools.

In a country like India, where families living on low-income budget find it difficult to provide proper shelter, food and healthcare to all the members in the family, it becomes extremely difficult to provide education to their children. Often in their condition of financial background, they tend to put their kids out of school to work in one way or other. Fortunately there are so many government and government-aided schools, which provide them opportunity to find a means of education completely free, however the major gap which most of such socio-economically weak families face were to provide food to their kids. To abolize the need for hunger and eventually reduce the drop out rates from schools, Akshaya Patra Foundation provides meals to kids in such schools.

What started as a small dream in Bengaluru in 2005, soon rose to other parts of the country and reached Gujarat and then Surat by 2012.

Akshaya Patra’s Surat kitchen was inaugurated on 15th February, 2015. This is a centralized kitchen serving over 1 lakh students from over 350 Nagar Prathmik Sikshan Samiti (SMC Schools) and nearly 100 Anganwadis. They also provide nutritional supplements to the kids in Anganwadis and ensure a balanced growth is provided to them as per their age group. Many other snacks are provided as well per their daily schedules.

Around 39 specialized vehicles run across the city to deliver quality and fresh meals to schools and anganwadis. They operate in shift mode and are tracked by GPS to ensure timely delivery. Currently from this kitchen, delivery is provided in two slots of 9:30 am -10:00 am for schools running in early hours and at 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm for schools which operate during noon hours.

Surat’s Centralized Kitchen is Serving Wholesome Lunch to Over 1 lakh children in 350 Schools and 100 Anganwadis via Mid-Day Meal Programme

Some of the features which give a glimpse to the operational standards, efficiency and capacity of Surat’s Centralized Kitchen Facility :

  • Steam generation for cooking from boilers capable of producing 2 tons of steam per hour
  • Roti making machine capable of producing upto 40,000 rotis per hour
  • Seven stage rice cleaning machine
  • Upto 5,000 litres per hour of water generated for cooking using Reverse Osmosis
  • High capacity machine for vegetable cutting
  • Food grade oil tank capable of storing 17,000 kg of oil for almost a month’s operation
  • Usage of almost 6,000 kg of rice, 5,000 kg of wheat flour, 4,000 kg of pulses and 8,000 kg of vegetables every day
  • Implementation of quality tools like Kaizen, 5S, Lean, GMP, GHP and Six Sigma
  • Implementation of ISO 22000:2005 standards in the kitchen operations

To provide quality food to kids from socio-economically weak families studying in government schools is such a noble and generous cause. It only fills your heart with lot of admiration and inspiration after you come across such human act and cause.

To know in detail about Akshaya Patra Foundation : Visit here.

If you want to contribute to this cause, visit Donations page.

If you would like to volunteer in any form : Volunteering in Akshaya Patra Foundation

Surat Centralized Kitchen Facility Address :

Plot No. 55, Bhagyodaya Industrial Road,

Behind D R World Mall, Near Saptarshi,

Bhagyoday Industrial Estate, Parvat Patiya,

Surat, Gujarat 395010

Aaspass Dada Mandir | Temples in Surat

Aaspass Dada Mandir is located in Godadara, towards the far end of Surat city outskirts in the South East Zone. It is a very popular temple in the locality.

Every year Aaspass Mela, an exhibition cum fair is organised in a ground near by the temple, where thousands of devotees and visitors come to see the grandeur celebrations and buy households and decors. Celebrations begin during the week of Diwali vacations in schools and offices. Usually held in October or November every year.

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Aaspass Mandir Entrance Gate

How to Reach

  • Bus
    • Regular buses run from Surat Railway Station (Bus No 254) and Chowk (Bus No 204) to Aaspass Temple. Surat SitiLink buses (blue color buses) are a bit crowded towards this route. It will cost you around 12-15 Rs. Buses will drop you right out the entrance gate.
  • BRTS
    • Take a BRTS bus towards Godadara and get down at Aaspass Dada Temple Stop. You can alternatively come to Vishvakarma BRTS Junction on canal route and change to Godadara.
    • Nearest BRTS stop is Aaspass Dada Temple BRTS. You will have to walk for about 5 minutes to reach the temple.
  • Auto
    • You get shared auto-rickshaws from Surat Railway Station for about 20 Rs. You can take a direct auto, which will cost you around 100-150 Rs depending on the time of day and your bargaining skills.
  • Online Cab booking
    • You can try to book Ola/Uber online, however most of the times you get a cancellation/over charge request by the drivers as the commute to this area is very less. Plan your journey accordingly.

Below is the location on maps for your ease of navigation and planning.

Be sure to carry cash as most of  the stores/shops don’t have electronic transactions. You may however be lucky to have e-wallet payment options available.