Well-maintained and functional pool at PAU, only hope of swimming enthusiasts

  • Sumeer Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 17, 2015 18:04 IST

Meeting almost every expectation that a swimming enthusiast aspires, the swimming pool at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is well-maintained and has been operational for the past one month.

The swimming pool, which was built in 1998, is maintained by the director students' welfare authorities of the varsity and is running in two different shifts (morning and evening).

This pool is properly maintained and is cleaned daily. The authorities have inducted professional coaches to train the swimmers.

Jaspreet Singh, who enrolled for the swimming classes last month said, "This probably is the best swimming facility available in the city, as the water is cleaned on daily-basis. Training is imparted by trained professional coaches and the registration fee for the entire session is affordable. Even private swimming facilities in city are not equipped so well."

More than 150 swimming enthusiasts have enrolled their names and are regularly visiting the pool. The pool is 50-metre long and 7-feet deep, and has hosted several district and state-level swimming championships in the past.

Water is cleaned by adding chlorine on regular intervals. Besides, varsity students, the pool services can be availed by outsiders also, who after noticing the well-maintained pool infrastructure, have shown tremendous interest by enrolling themselves.

Ravindar Kaur Dhaliwal, Director Students' Welfare, said, "We have hired a contractor for the maintenance and caretaking of the pool. Further, we ensure and keep a regular watch on the work carried out by the contractor.

Everything inside the pool is in right shape and working properly. The whitewash of the outer wall was pending, which will be completed soon. The filters are in good shape and water is changed and cleaned everyday in order to ensure that proper hygiene standards are maintained at the pool."

When enquired about the broken doors in the men's changing room, Dhaliwal said, "We had installed the doors in the men's changing room, but they have broken all the doors. People don't take care of the public property. We will work out something to deter the practice in future."

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