It seems the media was not exaggerating when it came to describing the hygiene and health measures adopted by the Organising Committee as 'poor'. After Saturday's last events in swimming had been wrapped up at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Complex, a visit to the toilet at the technical officials’ area left a nauseating feeling.
The commode wasn't flushed and there was leakage from the adjoining tap that had led to a pool of water on the floor of the toilet. Used tissue papers and cigarette stubs were heaped at a corner as there was no proper waste disposal system as well in the stinking toilet.
A mop was found nearby but clearly its user had probably left the premises long ago. Not only that, the toilet was constantly being used by a number of paid workforce people but nobody seemed to bother and ask anybody to clean up the mess.
When the issue was brought to competition manager Kamlesh Nanavati's attention, he said he had not received any complaints from any of the technical officials. “I used that toilet thrice today. I found it absolutely ok,” said Nanavati.
On persisting that the toilet in fact has not been cleaned for quite a long time, Nanavati said: “I don't know what you are talking about. I'm sure that's not the case. All the technical officials, both national and international, were happy with the arrangements.”
On Thursday, some of the swimmers had complained of inadequate water supply in the changing rooms. Nanavati, while saying everything has been sorted out, did confess there was a problem.
“I admit there was no water in the changing rooms till about 10 in the morning,” he said. Early morning preliminary rounds started from 8.30 am.
“But that was due to a lack of communication. Once we got to know about this, orders to pump water into the system were sent out,” he said.