BMC to re­open Dadar’s Olympic- sized pool

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Reel­ing un­der per­sis­tent pres­sure from the Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena ( MNS), the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC) will re­open an Olympic- sized swim­ming pool in Dadar soon. The Ma­hatma Gandhi Memo­rial Olympic ( MGMO) pool, one of the old­est in the city, had been shut for the last one year due to wa­ter short­age. It is slated to be re­opened af­ter Au­gust 21.

The Raj Thack­eray- led party had been tail­ing the is­sue since Au­gust 2015, when the pool was first shut down by the civic body due to a se­vere wa­ter short­age in the city. The civi­crun pool op­po­site the Shivaji Park ground has a mem­ber­ship of more than 15,000 swim­mers.

In 2011, the pool was decked up to Olympic stan­dards. It, how­ever, found it­self in the news for all the wrong rea­sons. “The pool was shut due to wa­ter short­age in the city. The sit­u­a­tion com­pounded fur­ther as sev­eral leaks were spot­ted in the pool, cou­pled with the dis­mal main­te­nance work car­ried out by the con­trac­tor,” San­deep Desh­pande, MNS group leader in the BMC, said. He had been rais­ing the pool is­sue in the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee as well as Gen­eral House meet­ings time and again.

He cas­ti­gated the BMC for its ap­a­thy to the 10- lane swim­ming pool and a neigh­bour­ing clus­ter of three more pools – one be­ing 16ft deep, built ex­clu- sively for div­ing, an­other a recre­ational pool and the third shal­low pool for kids.

“Our main con­tention con­tin­ues to be re­gard­ing the con­trac­tor ap­pointed for the pool build­ing and main­te­nance. Even af­ter the pa­thetic con­struc­tion and the fail­ure to main­tain pool stan­dards, the BMC did not black­list the con­trac­tor. While we wel­come the de­ci­sion to re­open the pool for pub­lic, the party will con­tinue to mon­i­tor its daily op­er­a­tions and will take feed­back from mem­bers,” Desh­pande added.

Mean­while, a se­nior BMC of­fi­cial cor­rob­o­rated the news and said the four pools were be­ing filled with wa­ter cur­rently, and a team was check­ing the wa­ter- fil­tra­tion sys­tem. “The pool will wel­come swim­mers within a week’s time,” the of­fi­cer said.

— Sal­man An­sari/ dna

Congress mem­bers form a hu­man chain to protest against global ter­ror­ism and to pro­mote peace, na­tional in­tegrity and com­mu­nal har­mony, on the oc­ca­sion of ex- PM Ra­jiv Gandhi’s birth an­niver­sary, at Marine Drive on Sat­ur­day

The 10- lane swim­ming pool was shut in 2011

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