PUNE: After death due to drowning was reported at Taljai swimming pool in the first week of April, the PMC conducted a safety audit of pools where they found that only four pools in the city are safe to swim. As per the report, there are totally 31 pools of the corporation, and out of them, only four are fully secure to swim. Around nine pools are partially secure for swimming purpose while seven pools are insecure and remaining 10 are closed.
The civic administration has tabled a safety audit of pools before the Standing Committee meeting. While speaking to media representatives, Yogesh Mulik, Chairman of the Standing Committee, said, “Nine pools are partially safe to swim. We have given instructions to the administration to take appropriate steps to make them secure. Henceforth, the civic body will conduct a safety audit of swimming pools twice a year. We will also check private swimming pools.”
Vilas Kanade, Joint Municipal Commissioner of PMC, said, “We have sent this report to the land acquisition department, which has allotted space to private players to run swimming pools. This department will take action against swimming pools.”
As per norms finalised by the Standing Committee in 2016, there should be four square metres of water per person in the pool but this norm is flouted in most cases. In addition to this, there should be one lifeguard for every 20 swimmers.
- Mandatory lifeguard (one lifeguard for every 20 swimmers)
- Water filtration plant; First aid and safety equipment
- Separate changing rooms and washrooms for gents and ladies
NAMES OF THE UNSAFE POOLS
Keshavraj Vithoba Dhere swimming pool (Yerwada); Nanasaheb Parulekar Pool (Vishrantwadi); Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Pool (Katraj); Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Pool (Sahakarnagar); Yashkala Pool (Shaniwar peth), Late Piraji Koyaji Dangmali Pool (Hadapsar), Korve Pool (Ghorpadi Peth)