The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has prosecuted the University of Mumbai for allegedly failing to take corrective measures after finding that the water in the under-construction swimming pool at its Kalina campus was stagnant and could lead to mosquito breeding.
Civic officials said they had issued a notice to the maintenance department of the university, asking them to take necessary measures after the water in the pool was found to be stagnant during a regular inspection.
“It was observed that the water at the under-construction swimming pool may lead to breeding of mosquitoes. Subsequently, a notice was issued asking them to either cover the pool or drain the water out of it,” said a senior civic official. The official added that the university was given seven days to them to comply.
“Since the university failed to comply with the notice, we have prosecuted them under sections 381 and 471 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act,” said Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer of the BMC, adding that the university had complied with only a few suggestions, not all.
When contacted, pro vice-chancellor Naresh Chandra said, “Corrective measures are being taken by the concerned department after receiving the notice from the BMC.” Meanwhile, another university official said that the pool is almost ready, adding that the water is not stagnant and is being used for gardening.
The university had started work on the sports complex in 2007, and the work was stalled several times due to alleged reports of corruption. While the university has allocated Rs9 crore for the work, it has already spent Rs6 crore with nothing to show for it.