With the easing of lockdown restrictions, off-roading tracks are slowly opening up in NCRWith the easing of lockdown restrictions, off-roading tracks are slowly opening up in NCROff-roading is among the first sports to have made a comeback in NCR post lockdown. Apart from providing great natural terrain, the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road is home to some off-roading tracks popular with NCR’s off-roading and autocross community. Now, with the tracks reopening, the off-roading scene in the city has begun, too.
Gaurav, a Delhi-based off-roading enthusiast, says, “Not everyone into off-roading can afford to maintain a vehicle, which is why these places are good. One can go there over the weekend for some practice. It’s better than heading out to the Aravallis by yourself right now.”
However, the question of safety remains as COVID-19 cases in NCR continue to rise. Track owners assure that they have taken all precautions to make sure their customers feel safe. Santosh Bishnoi, who runs Ansh Adventure Zone, an off-road track for kids, says, “We have started activities for families and kids recently. We are providing masks and gloves for all participants, and anyone entering the premises has to sanitise their hands.”
The tracks are reopening with safety and hygiene measures in place
Sanitisation and cleanliness is tough in a sport like off-roading but track operators say they are ensuring that highest cleanliness standards are maintained. Vikramjeet Sharma from Off Road Adventure Zone says, “We are sanitising our vehicles every morning and evening, and have gloves, disposable head and face covers for guests. People can use the vehicles without fearing infection.”
The vehicles are sanitised twice daily, and safety gear such as face covers and gloves are given to all participants
Off-roading enthusiasts in NCR welcome this development, advocating a gradual return to their old routines, albeit with precautions. Aman Jubbal, a Gurgaon-based autocross and off-roading enthusiast, says, “With the measures these places have taken, it feels safe. We have to start going out a little while taking precautions.”