Pimpri Chinchwad, 1st March 2023: With the summer heat approaching, citizens of Pimpri-Chinchwad are looking to cool off in the swimming pools. However, out of the 13 municipal swimming pools, only six are open, leaving seven pools closed due to ongoing architectural work to reduce depth and prevent leakage.
According to the PCMC, 13 swimming pools were constructed in various parts of the city, with only Keshavnagar, Sambhajinagar, Kasarwadi, Pimpri Waghere, Yamunanagar, and Pimple Gurav swimming pools currently operational. This has left the citizens of Bhosari, Mohannagar, Sangvi, Thergaon, and Akurdi areas with no choice but to go to private swimming pools, paying more money.
In the summer months, a large number of people come to swim in the municipal swimming pools, which charge Rs 10 per hour of swimming. Passes are also available based on age groups for a quarter, half a year, and up to a year for prices ranging from 200 to 500 rupees. However, with seven swimming pools closed, citizens and athletes are expressing their displeasure due to improper planning by the Municipal Corporation.
The new swimming pool in Wadmukhwadi is facing various problems, with a water cost of 15 lakh litres, and work ongoing to stop the leakage. It is expected to be operational within a week. Similarly, the Nehrunagar swimming pool will be opened in the next two days, with online reservation and pass facilities. A batch of 80 people at a time will be allowed in each pool, with no human intervention, and the Municipal Corporation website has a link for online registration.
Assistant Commissioner of the Sports Department, Balasaheb Khandekar, stated that after filling out the required information, citizens can make reservations through the PCMC website link. However, the ongoing work and delays in opening the swimming pools have created disappointment among the citizens of Pimpri-Chinchwad, who are eagerly waiting to enjoy a refreshing swim in the hot summer months.