With the mercury having already crossed 40° C, the heat wave is here to stay and reason enough to take a dip in the pool. But the locals are in for disappointment as the swimming pool at Rakh Bagh is still not operational. With summer in full swing this could be a major setback.
The pool, owned by the Municipal Corporation, was supposed to be functional by April but, from the look of it, this is not likely to happen anytime soon.
Ranjit Arora, a regular visitor, said, “I’ve been going to the swimming pool regularly ever since it was built, but this year it looks like I’ll have to wait for quite a while.
The pool became operational by this time last year, but now it’s unlikely to open this month. It’s sad civic officials aren’t doi ng much about it.”
A MC official said, “We have already received 400 forms from those wanting to use the swimming pool. The fee charged for a those lear ning to swim and a expert swimmer.
Where a new learner has to pay 1,500, the latter has to pay 800 only while 700 are additional coaching charge for a period of six months.”
The 6 feet (minimum) and 18 feet (maximum) deep swimming pool has different timings for different age groups and categories though they do not have full-time professional coaches.
However, Amrik Singh, subdivisional officer (SDO), operations and maintenance, who is incharge of the outdoor swimming pool, said, “I have joined recently, and saw that the swimming pool was in a really bad shape, I got the tiles, cleaning and painting work done as part of maintenance and I am quite hopeful that it will be functioning after May 11.
We did face difficulty initially due to the election model code of conduct , but we had our own workers carrying out the maintenance work for the pool.”
Sumeet Jarangal, Additional Commissioner, MC and who also heads the sports branch for MC shared that now since the election code of conduct was in place, they could not give the contract to anyone else to complete the pending work but he ensured that the pool would be functional in a while.”