Shivaji Park pool revamp gets costlier
The delay in renovating the Mahatma Gandhi Swimming Pool and setting up the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement Memorial at Shivaji Park has put an additional burden of Rs10 crore on taxpayers. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2011 01:14 IST
The delay in renovating the Mahatma Gandhi Swimming Pool and setting up the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement Memorial at Shivaji Park has put an additional burden of Rs10 crore on taxpayers.
The cost of this project, which was Rs52.7 crore, has risen to Rs62.8 crore in one year.
Apart from building the swimming pool, the Shiv Sena-ruled civic body’s project includes building a memorial on the same premises to commemorate the golden jubilee year of the formation of the state.
“The work of the memorial was delayed because of a court case. Now we are trying to expedite the project,” said standing committee chairman, Rahul Shewale.
However, civic officials said the expenditure has shot up because the civic body diverted the money meant for the swimming pool to construct the memorial.
Four pools of different sizes – racing pool, diving pool, warm-up pool and children’s pool – will be set up. The memorial will showcase the rich history of the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement during the fifties.
Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray had inaugurated the project on the eve of Maharashtra Day on April 30 last year. Even after municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said cost escalations will not be tolerated, pressure from the ruling party to complete this project forced the civic chief to give in.
The proposal for a post facto sanction will be tabled in the civic standing committee on Friday. This is the second time that the project has seen a cost escalation.
The project cost was Rs42 crore earlier, which was then escalated to Rs52 crore in 2010.