Even as the only public swimming pool of the Pathankot municipal corporation (MC) is situated at lush green Lamini area, lack of basic amenities and absence of a women coach are making it inaccessible to the girls.
Even as the MC has fixed a time slot for the girls, most of the parents don’t send their daughters to the MC-run swimming pool due to absence of a women coach and basic amenities, while prefer to let their girls join private swimming pools.
Non-availability of safety equipment is another drawback, which prevents residents to send their wards to the MC-run pool.
Chandan Mahajan, a coach with the Punjab Swimming Association and the sports department, who has also been hired temporarily by the Pathankot corporation, said the infrastructure at the MC pool was fit to train swimmers, but needed some equipments to make it fully fit. “I giving training to nearly 30 swimmers, including national swimmer Anjali, who will be participating in upcoming swimming events,” he added.
Amit Mahajan, joint commissioner, Pathankot MC, admitted that the pool needed a women coach and safety equipments. “I will discuss the matter with the deputy commissioner. In summer, many children join the swimming pool and I want to make the pool safe and fit for all. We have installed a filtration plant also to keep the pool clean,” he added.
Anjali (17), a student of Arya Girls School, Pathankot, who has participated in national swimming championships, said: “Her parents and she feel stressed in the absence of a women coach. I am adjusting here, as I am left with no option. Moreover, I have trust in my coach Mr Mahajan,” she concluded.
Manas, a Class 7 student of Saint Josephs Convent School, Pathankot, who is fond of swimming, said: “My parents want to be sure of all safety measures at the MC’s pool, and thus, they are not sending me there for swimming.”