Pune, 18th October 2022: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has invited bids for public-private partnership (PPP) to maintain civic pools while also approving Rs 30 lakh for maintenance work at all 14 civic swimming pools, sparking outrage among residents.
The PPP tender did not receive a positive response, with only one party expressing interest. Only three pools were operational during the summer following the pandemic, resulting in overcrowding and citizen protests. The decision to privatise the pools was made in June at an administrative meeting presided over by former commissioner Rajesh Patil. The goal is to have international-standard pools with world-class infrastructure and coaching.
Deputy Commissioner Vittal Joshi said that the PCMC received only one application for this PPP model, and hence the civic body will invite bids again. “There are 14 pools in the twin towns, work on four of which is underway. Three are operational, and another three will get operational soon. We are trying hard to start the remaining pools after Diwali.” The intention behind the PPP model is to produce swimmers for international competitions, including the Olympics.