Insect-infested pool irks members

ASAVARI SHARMA

Members of Eklavya Sports Academy create ruckus over dirty water and insects in swimming pool. But the issue is not new, allege members.

The swimming pool had apparently been closed for chlorination and cleaning during the weekend. Inset: insects in the pool.

The swimming pool had apparently been closed for chlorination and cleaning during the weekend. Inset: insects in the pool. Photograph by AM.

They were looking forward to a refreshing start to the week with a Monday morning swim. But imagine their horror when they saw insects swimming in their pool. Around 80 members of the Eklavya Sports Academy created a ruckus on Monday morning when they found a dirty, insect-infested pool awaiting them. The swimming pool had apparently been closed for chlorination and cleaning during the weekend. Interestingly, this is not the first time members have complained about the unhygienic condition of the pool. “We have repeatedly complained about the unhygienic pool and asked the authorities to improve the pool’s maintenance. But the authorities never paid attention to our pleas.

3 bWhen we went to the pool on Monday morning, we saw the water was a dirty green and insects were floating in the swimming pool,” said J N Barevadia, 59, former joint director of transport (Gandhinagar) and a member of the academy. Along with some other members, he raised questions about the irresponsibility of the authorities. “We pay high fees to use the pool. We deserve better facilities,” Barevadia added. Mihir Patel, a member of the academy who had gone to the pool on Monday morning and was present at the time of the incident said, “I have been a member of Eklavya Sports Academy since June 2012 and such an incident has happened thrice since then—August last year, last month and Monday morning.

The academy authorities keep the filtration plant switched off. Because of this, the chlorine level decreases and the water becomes dirty.” The situation escalated when members shut down other activities taking place in the pool’s vicinity. But authorities at the academy had a different tale. Nikhil Vaswani, manager of the academy said, “We put in efforts in maintaining the pool’s cleanliness. The last incident was due to the opinion of some members. We have shut down the pool to pacify our members and have sent a water sample to a laboratory for testing. We will share the results of the test with our members. The pool will re-open on Thursday after the chlorination process is over.”

Original link: http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=3&contentid=20130416201304160239085786464f8eb

Published by Ahmedabad Mirror (Times Group) on April 16, 2013.

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