Wa­ter cri­sis hits swim­ming pools

As gyms start shut­ting pools, some hous­ing so­ci­eties have them­selves shut wa­ter sup­ply to their pools

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Divya Katija, 14, is up­set that she will not be able to go for her swim­ming classes at Belapur as it is shut un­til mon­soon.

Af­ter t he Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) de­cided to stop wa­ter sup­ply to swim­ming pools, all pri­vate as well as mu­nic­i­pal ones have shut for three months as the city has been fac­ing a se­vere cri­sis.

“I started my swim­ming lessons last year and sum­mer is the time when we how­ever now the classes will re­main can­celled for quite some time un­til the wa­ter sup­ply is re­stored. We will be miss­ing it till then,” said Katija.

Of­fi­cials said wa­ter sup­ply will be com­pletely stopped to swim­ming pools. “We have cut down the wa­ter sup­ply at all the places. The sup­ply in swim­ming pools were re­duced and it will be shut down in all the hous­ing so­ci­eties and pub­lic pools from this week,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, NMMC wa­ter depart­ment.

Nerul Gymkhana has shut its swim­ming pool from Thurs­day. “We have closed the pool since the wa­ter sup­ply has been very less for the last few days. The move will cause in­con­ve­nience to mem­bers,” said an em­ployee of Nerul Gymkhana.

Young Men’ s Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion (YMCA) at Belapur said they have stopped get­ting wa­ter sup­ply for three weeks.

“We had to shut our swim­ming pool since Fe­bru­ary since the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion wa­ter sup­ply was ir­reg­u­lar. The reg­u­lar classes have been stopped and we will also not be able to hold any swim­ming camps in sum­mer for chil­dren like ev­ery year,” said Rapheal A, sec­re­tary of YMCA.

Vashi- based Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (NMSA) said they re­cy­cle wa­ter from the pool in their fil­tra­tion plant and re­use it ev­ery 15 days. “Even then, a min­i­mum amount of fresh wa­ter is re­quired. The swim­ming has not yet shut as we still

have wa­ter,” said Raju Shinde, mem­ber of the core com­mit­tee of NMSA.

Res­i­dents of many hous­ing so­ci­eties have them­selves taken the ini­tia­tive of not us­ing the swim­ming pool.

Res­i­dents of Ra­heja Res­i­dency in Vashi opted to stop us­ing the swim­ming pool in their so­ci­ety. “Since there is al­ready a wa­ter short­age and fur­ther cuts in sup­ply, it is not wise to waste wa­ter in the swim­ming pool. Hence we have stopped us­ing it,” said Mo­han Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Mo­raj Res­i­dency in San­pada.

Some hous­ing so­ci­eties of City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­men­tal Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) are tap­ping al­ter­na­tive sources of wa­ter for their swim­ming pool. “We have our own well in the so­ci­ety from which we are draw­ing wa­ter for swim­ming pool,” said Nadim Divde, res­i­dent of Ke­sar Gar­dens in Kharghar.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The NRI com­plex in Sea­woods will soon shut its swim­ming pool.

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