Nagpur: Ambazari Pool Users’ Association has threatened agitation over slow pace of renovation of Nagpur Improvement Trust’s (NIT) Ambazari swimming pool. The office-bearers have threatened to move Nagpur bench of Bombay high court if NIT does not mend its ways.
Association president Manmohan Bajpai said the contractor had stopped work after Diwali due to non-payment of bills. NIT assistant engineer Pankaj Ambhorkar, however, claimed that work had slowed down because of non-availability of labourers. “They go to their native villages after Diwali. But now they have returned and work has started in full swing,” he said.
But Bajpai refused to buy this explanation. “NIT had promised to start the warm up pool by December. Now that seems impossible. How long should the pool users wait?” he said.
“The kids who take part in swimming competitions have lost one year due to NIT. There are very few Olympic size swimming pools in and around the city. Some of the kids are being taken by their parents to Priyadarshini College of Engineering, Hingna. However, not every parent can afford this luxury. Some tried to practice in Kamgar Kalyan Kendra pool in Raghuji Nagar, but it is overcrowded,” he added.
NIT had closed the pool for renovation in February. It promises to restart both the pools by March next year.