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Shivaji Park swimming pool members protest, stop work

The redevelopment work on the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic-size swimming pool at Shivaji Park came to a halt after its members protested on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2009 01:02 IST
Kasturi Bagwe

The redevelopment work on the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic-size swimming pool at Shivaji Park came to a halt after its members protested on Wednesday.

The workers of the pool run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have cut down around 100 bamboo trees to make space for four swimming pools proposed in the revamp plan.

Sunita Godbole (37), a complainant and member of the pool, said: “We gave them notices to stop cutting trees. But they did not pay heed. Since three days, they have even started damaging the changing rooms and manager’s room in order to start the work.”

This protest was also in response to the letter issued by the BMC’s legal department to the pool manager on June 20, which asked him to vacate the pool premises.

The high court on May 28 had issued an order to the BMC to not take any steps for the pool till the hearing scheduled on June 15. But it was postponed to July 13.

The pool has been closed since June 15 and this has caused inconvenience to all its members. “There is not a single swimming pool from Haji Ali to Mahim. State and national level players come here to practice. They have not even given us another option. Where are we supposed to go?” said Jaya Dingra (45), a member.

The 12,000 members of the pool feel that the revamp work has been done in an eye of a storm. “We are not against redevelopment, but we want 100 per cent transparency in the functioning of the BMC,” said Godbole.

The BMC’s decision to revamp the pool was taken earlier this year. The plan ran into trouble when BMC made changes in its original plan of the Olympic-size pool by adding a spa club.