The Rs 40-crore ambitious project to convert the existing pool at Shivaji Park in Dadar into world-class multiple pools with car parking facilities has hit a legal hurdle.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to maintain status quo on the renovation of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool.
The corporation had plans to convert the pool into an Olympic standard swimming pool by 2011.
The vacation bench of Justices JH Bhatia and Mrudula Bhatkar issued the order while hearing a plea filed by four members of the existing pool.
The four had approached the HC opposing the new construction saying they would not be able to afford the proposed high membership fees.
Their lawyer, Shashank Fadia, said the civic body was planning to privatise the pool in the name of renovation.
The members had conducted a survey, which shows that the corporation would require around Rs 15 lakh to renovate the pool, added Fadia.
If the renovation were to be carried out as per the BMC plan, the number of lockers would reduce to about 300-400, he said. Currently, there are 1,500 lockers.
Besides, this is the only swimming pool for citizens between Churchgate and Andheri, the lawyer added.
The PIL also alleges that the area falls under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms and permission for the same was not taken.
The BMC had also proposed to cut 11 trees to make way for the pools.
The high court will hear the case on June 15.