Noida pool mishap: Admin sends notice to builder on irregularities

  • Vaibhav Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 23:46 IST
City magistrate Bachhu Singh said Aditya’s name was not registered in the records before he entered the pool. He said lack of lifeguards was also a reason for the accident. (HT File Photo)

Following the incident in which 9-year-old Aditya Wardhan got stuck in the swimming pool of Mahagun Moderne society in Sector 78, the district administration sent a notice to the builder on Friday, seeking answers on alleged irregularities in the construction and maintenance of the swimming pool.

Aditya is being treated at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. He is said to be in a critical condition. According to residents, the lifeguards failed to notice Aditya, who was stuck in an opening inside the pool for more than 5 minutes.

“Aditya’s condition is very critical and he is on full life support right now. Since he had drowned, the air supply to the brain was shut down for quite some time, resulting in damage,” Dr Anil Sachdeva, director of emergency and critical care, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said.

After residents alleged negligence on behalf of the builders group, city magistrate Bachhu Singh sent a three-member team to the residential complex on Friday to probe the incident.

Singh said that the team found various irregularities in the construction and maintenance of the pool.

“During the probe, we found various irregularities. The maintenance team has to register the name of a person who is using the pool. Yet, the child was not registered before he entered the pool. Why was he allowed to enter alone? Why are they not maintaining a proper register of the pool users?,” Singh said.

Singh said that lack of lifeguards at the pool was also a reason behind the incident.

“While receiving a no-objection certificate for the swimming pool, the builder had mentioned that there will be lifeguards on duty. But during the incident, there was no one present,” Singh said.

The team also found certain irregularities with regard to the construction of the swimming pool.

“We found a Jacuzzi (a large bath with a system of underwater jets of water to massage the body) has been built alongside the pool. This facility was not mentioned in the NOC,” Singh said.

The district administration has sent a notice to Mahagun builders seeking answers on the irregularities.

“Since the facility was built after the inspection by authority officials and there were other irregularities, we have sent a notice to the builder,” added Singh.

Refuting allegations of the probe, Vivek Sinha, corporate communications head of Mahagun builders said, “Lifeguards were present at the spot and they were the ones who rescued the child.” However, he refused to answer queries on other irregularities.

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