EVER SINCE former Garden Officer AU Khan incurred Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma’s wrath, Horticulture Department staffers seem to be permanently under the scanner.
After taking maalis to task for failing to maintain gardens adjoining the statues of eminent personalities, the Mayor has now turned her attention to Taran Pushkar (swimming pool) also run by the Horticulture Department.
The Mayor has directed deputy Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Jain, Khan’s replacement, to review arrangements as well as staff strength at the IMC-owned pool. He, in turn, has directed the staffers concerned to come to Nehru Park on November 10 for a review.
IMC officials said the meet, aimed at gauging the exact number of lifeguards, chowkidars and attendants and the tasks allotted to each, was the first step towards preventing duplication of duties and streamlining working procedures at the pool.
Attempts will also be made to increase the revenue generated from Taran Pushkar. “Income from the pool in terms of swimming charges is a fraction of what it should be”, admitted a Revenue Department officer.
It may be noted that unsavoury goings-on at the IMC swimming pool in the past had hogged headlines several times, most notably when several people were found to be using the facilities without paying the required charges during a surprise inspection.