‘Generating daily income of 20-25 K from the facility’
Udaipur : Those who believe municipal bodies are just there to clean the drains and streets and maintain road lights, are mistaken. Some municipalities like in Dungarpur are way ahead in creating facilities and making serious efforts towards making their cities smart as well as children friendly. Dungerpur municipal council that has been taking lead in Swachhta Abhiyan in Rajasthan has now become the first one to create a gaming zone for kids.
So far there had been no mall or amusement area for kids activities in the city and so the children had to visit Udaipur for such exciting adventures or fun games. Realizing the need, Dungarpur municipal council initiated for a computerized gaming zone which is now functional and open for kids. ” We had a building for gym at New Sabji Mandi area and the ground floor space comprising some 4500 sqft was lying useless. We thought to use that space for kids and invited tenders” KK Gupta, chairman of the council told Udaipur Kiran. Some 25 varieties of video games have been installed at the cost of 45 lakh rupees while the construction work for the air-conditioned space cost around 55 lakh rupees.
The facility which was inaugurated last month has been receiving large number of footfalls of kids in the age bracket of 5-15 years. “There is no entry fees , the kids can enjoy any game at the price of 20/- each. The game may last in 10-20 minutes as per the levels kids win or lose. There are four personnel who have been trained for the gaming zone operations” Amrish Pahad, an employee of the council said. Kids can enjoy variety of games like gun shooting, car and bike racing, basket ball, air hockey, hammer, soft ball etc. During Sundays and public holidays the game zone receives up-to 500 visitors while during the normal working days 100-200 kids have been visiting daily on an average basis. The municipality is reaching out to government schools too so that kids from rural and far off areas too may have an opportunity and access to entertainment.
Benefits of video games
Though video games are often considered addictive and hence harmful for kids but it has some benefits too. Video games help retrain the brain to stay focused on the task until it is completed, the level is won, and a new level is unlocked. In a game, there is no time for distraction, or else the level could be lost and the game might end. Many games are made up of timed levels and require the player to collect a certain amount of items within that time in order to move on. This is another area that helps a child stay focused on the one task until the end. Learning to manage their time becomes a necessity for players in the game, which in turn becomes a skill learned for life outside of the game.