The civic body has played a spoilsport, once again.
Swimming enthusiasts, who were thronging the recently renovated Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool at Shivaji Park, Dadar, eyeing its membership to enjoy world-class facilities, were in for a rude shock as the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suddenly hiked the annual membership fee by almost 40%.
The civic body has so far sold forms to 12,000 fresh applicants and renewed membership of 2,500 old members.
Following the rush, the annual membership fee was raised, from Rs 2,800 to Rs 4,000 for adults, while for children Rs2,500 will be charged for the first year, followed by Rs 1,500 from next year.
The hike in the annual membership fee is to cope up with rising maintenance charges of and also to discourage new members from becoming a member.
The pool was shut for five years for repair and renovation and was recently inaugurated by Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
Milind Shahane, manager of the swimming pool said, “The fee has been hiked taking into account the rising cost of maintenance. The new rates will be applicable to both, new as well as old members.”
“First the process of sale of forms was mismanaged and now the civic body has suddenly raised the membership fee,” said Madhav Raje, a resident of Mahim.
It has four pools — racing pool, diving pool, warmup pool and pool for kids. In addition to this, there are also facilities like viewer’s gallery, changing room in this pool.