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Filth in swimming pool raises fears

GRIME AND garbage in the Prakash Taran Pushkar, the venue of the ongoing 35th MP State Swimming Championship, are too glaringly visible to ignore. Condition of the swimming pool raises fear about the participating children contacting skin diseases.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:29 IST

GRIME AND garbage in the Prakash Taran Pushkar, the venue of the ongoing 35th MP State Swimming Championship, are too glaringly visible to ignore. Condition of the swimming pool raises fear about the participating children contacting skin diseases.

It is one of the most-crowded swimming pools in the State Capital. It has hosted a number of swimming competitions of State and national level. Last year, the CBSE national swimming championship was organised in which participants from various parts of the country participated. School-level swimmers from Gulf countries also took part in it. At that time also, a number of participants had complained of polluted water in the pool.

Despite being an important venue of swimming competitions and other activities, the pool’s upkeep is far from satisfactory.   However, manager H P Dubey said that the swimming pool is cleaned twice a week. “We give importance to cleaning. We get it cleaned on every Wednesday and Saturday”, he said. 

But, the filth in the pool gives lie to the manager’s claim. When the filth was pointed out to him, the manager explained that it was because of the participants of the 35th MP State Swimming Championship.

“During the swimming championships, the pool becomes free for all and it is tough for us to clean it. We will clean the swimming pool after the championship”, Dubey said. 

Organising secretary of the championship, O P Awasthi, denied any pollution in the poor water. He even dubbed the pool as the best in the country.

“I have visited swimming pools across the country for championships but this pool is far better than any other”, he boasted.

The polluted water in swimming pools can cause damage to the skin. City-based dermatologist Dr Anurag Tiwari said that if the broken skin gets exposed to the polluted water it may have bad effect on the body.