A two-member committee formed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to investigate the death of seven-year-old Kasim Siddiqui,who drowned in a Andheri swimming pool,has pointed out the negligence of the staff as the reason for the death. The incident took place in Shahaji Raje Bhosale Sports Complex at Andheri in early March.
The committees report has exposed the lack of security at civic pools. It has suggested a string of measures to be implemented at the six pools including certified life-guards,medical facilities on the premises etc. The Andheri police have already booked swimming coach Jayendra Muskar for causing death by negligence; he is out on bail.
There is a need to change facilities and make swimming pools safer. While the boys drowning was an accident,we have found that there was negligence in providing medical facilities and taking him to the hospital immediately, said a senior civic official.
The BMC runs six swimming pools of which the facilities at Andheri and Mulund were re-started earlier this month. However,none of these pools have medical facilities and the number of lifeguards is sparse. The report has also highlighted the need for a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the pools whose implementation will be mandatory.
Additional Municipal Commissioner A K Singh said that he would comment on the issue after the report is submitted to him.