With summer sinking in,students on vacation mode are teeming swimming pools across the city even as adults,too,crowd for a refreshing plunge but most members are complaining of lack of facilities owing to water shortage,besides overcrowding.
At Shivarkar garden pool,Wanavdi,set up by PMC,some members complainif insufficient water for a shower after a swim. The pool staff say they try their best to store water supplied by PMC so that members can take showers throughout the day,but their efforts seem to fail most of the time.
The maximum people allowed inside the pool at a time is 60,but members complain the pool is overcrowded. My daughter and I are regulars at the pool. I usually arrive at 4 pm to find the pool so crowded that one cant enjoy a proper swim. For the past three days,there has been poor supply of water or no supply at all at the showers, said Nirmala Kulkarni (name changed).
Pool manager George Gholap said there was neither water shortage nor overcrowding. The Shivarkar pool has a board hung on the wall at the entrance to the pool area,listing safety precautions and PMC regulations to be followed by all private and public pools. It also displays emergency numbers and statistics of pool like its pH and chlorine content.
However,the management does not take interest in recording and investigating the medical history of people before giving them membership or allowing them to enter the pool, allege swimmers. All they require is a medical certificate stating the person is fit.
At Parsi Gymkhana,the staff say they take special interest in investigating the medical history of people before letting them into the pool. The members are probed about any history of diseases like epilepsy or heart problems before they are allowed to enter the pool.
The problem at Parsi Gymkhana is managing members. There is a lifeguard for a group of less than 20 people at all times,another PMC regulation,but it is difficult to keep people who dont know how to swim properly away from the deep end of the pool,say swimmers. According to Meher Irani,manager,Parsi Gymkhana pool,individuals need to be cautious and should not take risks.
Surprisingly,it is not children who are uncontrollable but adults who feel they can jump into the deep end but end up almost drowning themselves,says a swimmer. Parents of children are also responsible for their safety and should take precautions if their child is not fit to swim or inform pool managers if they need extra care,added Irani.
At PMC-run Shahu Tank pool,although basic norms like keeping passes of visitors,maintaining entry-exit timings and so on are being observed,safety of swimmers is not being given much attention. There are just two lifeguards at this pool where around 80 people swim in one batch. It is the decision of the authority here, said pool supervisor Sumeet Joshi.
(Inputs by Dishya Sharma)