Efforts of MNS paid off, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic pool to reopen

Owing to the pressure exerted by the Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the BMC is all set to reopen the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic (MGMO) pool in Dadar, very soon.

The MNS has been exerting pressure on this issue on the BMC ever since this olympic size pool was shut by the BMC in August 2015 owing to severe water shortage in the city.

In 2011, the pool was decked up to Olympic standards. It, however, found itself in the news for all the wrong reasons, including leaks, fee-hike, filtration issues, lack of medical facilities and then the water shortage.

“Our main contention continues to be regarding the contractor appointed for the pool building and maintenance. Even after the pathetic construction and the failure to maintain pool standards, the BMC did not blacklist the contractor. While we welcome the decision to reopen the pool for public, the party will continue to monitor its daily operations and will take feedback from members,” said Sandeep Deshpande, MNS group leader

This has come across as a good sign for the MNS in Dadar and is sure to woo a few hundred voters in their favour for the upcoming BMC Polls 2017.

Meanwhile, a senior BMC official said, “The pool will welcome swimmers within a week’s time,”