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Bathinda: Summer at its peak, swimming pool at thermal plant remains closed

The summer season is at its peak, but the swimming pool of the Guru Nanak Dev (GHD) Thermal Plant is closed and not in use.

punjab Updated: May 15, 2015 20:50 IST
Sondeep Singh Sandhu
Sondeep Singh Sandhu
Hindustan Times

The summer season is at its peak, but the swimming pool of the Guru Nanak Dev (GHD) Thermal Plant is closed and not in use.

The pool was constructed by the Punjab State Electricity Board for the employees of the board and their families in 1972. It was constructed near the thermal plant's residential colony to facilitate the residents to make its use conveniently. The rights of admission were reserved for members and amateur student swimmers of the special school.

Two swimming pools were constructed within its premises. One was of standard national size of 25X16 metre, having a depth variation from 3 feet to 12.6 feet and the other one was constructed for small children having a depth of less than 3 feet. three diving stands for expert swimmers were also constructed on deeper side.

Earlier, the pool was well maintained, but now the authorities of the PSPCL are not taking any initiative for the betterment or proper upkeep of the pool.

Many students of the Special School at the thermal plant had practiced swimming in the past years and participated at the state level. PSEB authorities had appointed Major Singh Gill as swimming coach at that pool to provide swimming coaching. Gill got retired two years ago from his job and after that no coach has been appointed.

At present, the pool completely dry. The doors of the building attached to it are locked and not even a single care taker has been present there.

The timings of the pool were allocated in two sessions of morning and evening. In the morning, male members could visit the pool from 6 to 7 am and women members from 7 to 8 am. While in the evening, from 4 to 5 pm, boys could enjoy at the pool and from 5 to 6 pm was for girls. The timimgs for the elderly were from 6 to 7 pm.

The pool used to remain closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for cleaning purpose water change. These timings were applicable ast year. The pool was closed on September 23, 2014, and has not been opened since then.

First Published: May 15, 2015 19:55 IST