Pune: In order to ensure safety of swimmers across various pools in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has formed the committee to survey all the swimming pools. According to PMC officials, the report on swimming pools in Pune will not be ready before end of this month, but by that time the peak period for swimming will end.
This move has come after a 27-year-old woman fell unconscious while swimming in Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) pool and died in a hospital last week. After the incident, it was found that the committee formed by the PMC had not yet visited the YMCA swimming pool. Following the incident, the committee held a review meeting of its member and found that they have not even inspected 50 per cent of the swimming pools in the city.
A senior official of PMC said, “The committee members have managed to visit nearly 150 swimming pools in the city so far. The visits are being mostly carried out in suburbans including Aundh, Baner and Kondhwa, where no record of swimming pools are being maintained. We are checking the size, depth, safety facilities of swimming pools, and we are preparing a data base of all the swimming pools in the city, including those in housing societies, hotels and clubs. The report will be prepared and submitted to PMC commissioner by the end of May.”
YMCA pool manager, lifeguard arrested for negligence
The Samarth Police have arrested the manager and the lifeguard of the YMCA swimming pool for negligence in the connection of the death of 27-year-old Trishala Palesha. On May 8, Palesha fell unconscious inside the swimming pool, and later died in hospital.
The arrested manager has been identified as Dipak Londhe (55), and the lifeguard is one Shahaji Waghchoure (43), a resident of Dhanori. D A Patil, senior police inspector of the Samarth police station said that they have booked the two accused for their carelessness and for not taking precautions with respect to security equipment around the pool. They have been booked under section 304A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for causing the death of an individual due to negligence. The accused were presented in court on Monday morning.