Shoddy work shatters swimmers' dreams

The pool was lauded to be of international standard and the only one of its kind in the district. Both the Union and State ministers who were present during the inauguration mouthed platitudes about the pool. The pool constructed bearly seven months ago, is now said to be of substandard work.

The swimmers at the pool said that tiles laid inside the pool and around the pool were broken. “The moment one steps on the tiles one feels as though it is about to break. Instead of repairing the tiles they have been covered by a cloth,” a swimmer said.

Bearly six months after the inauguration, the district administration handed over the maintenance of the pool to a private contractor.

The pool, constructed at a cost of Rs 1.80 crore, is quite popular with the residents of the district as many people irrespective of age and gender come here to learn swimming every day.

Veerappa Moily, then Union Minister for Law (now Corporate Affairs) who inaugurated the pool in the month of May, had expressed happiness over the international standards. He had stated that swimmers should be trained and swimming competitions should be organised regularly for maximum utilisation of the pool.

Funds crunch

However, the sorry the state of pool as has raised many questions on the practicality and logic behind the construction of pool if it couldn’t be maintained well either by the district administration or private contractors.

Rayappa, who superannuated from the post of assistant director, Department of
Youth Services and Sports, also support good utilisation of the pool.

But added that the pool was given to private contractors owning to funds crunch.

“The pool was in the same condition when it was handed over to us. Most of the problems arise due to poor quality of work from the beginning,” Devendrappa, a swimmer quoted the contractor.

He contended that neither the district administration nor the contractor was willing to take the responsibility.

“The responsibility of the Government or district administration doesn’t end with the handing over the pool to contractors. It is their duty to supervisor the maintenance and also to respond to the problems faced by the swimmers and public in general,” he added.

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