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BMC To Build Olympic Size Swimming Pool In Kandivali

The BMC had allocated a budget of ₹10 crores wherein the swimming pool was upgraded to an Olympic size swimming pool which is now 50m (160 feet) long and 25m (82 feet) wide. It will be equipped with modern-day facilities and an aqua gymnasium.

BMC To Build Olympic Size Swimming Pool In Kandivali
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The renovation work for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) swimming pool in Kandivali's M.G. Road has been going on for the last two years. However, it is all set to reopen soon and this time it will be operational under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 

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The BMC had allocated a budget of ₹10 crores for this exercise. In this budget, the swimming pool was upgraded to an Olympic size swimming pool. This pool is now  50 metres (160 feet) long and 25 metres (82 feet) wide.  Further, it is equipped with modern-day facilities and an aqua gymnasium. Currently, there is only one Olympic size pool in Mumbai which is in Goregaon.

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As stated in the Free Press Journal, a civic official stated that more than 90 per cent of the work of this pool has been completed and it is almost ready for public use. Some final assessments need to be completed and it is expected to be open for use in April this year. The pool will be operated by the BMC. The civic body aims to provide swimming classes and water sports training at cost-effective rates, compared to private pools. Further, there will be lifeguards and security personnel deployed at the pool. 

Notably, the BMC is operating five swimming pools across the city. These are located in Dadar, Andheri, Kandivali, Mulund and Chembur. It recently announced in its budget that it plans to construct seven more in the next 30 months. The seven upcoming pools will be located in Worli, Andheri (East and West), Malad (West), Goregaon, Dahisar, as well as Govandi. 

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The objective of setting up these pools is to promote swimming as a sport. 

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