Sources in the Department of Youth management and Sports told The Hindu that the work on the pool, a progressive facility coming back at the bowl, was complete. A meeting presided over by Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha at the workplace of the Department of Youth empowerment and Sports at Chamundi Vihar recently set to inaugurate the pool on August 29, which is also ascertained as the National Sports Day, marking the birth day of remembrance of hockey player Dhyan Chand.
The slow pace of work on the pool had come under severe criticism form numerous quarters and also the district administration had reportedly cracked the whip on the officers involved to expedite the work. An international-standard pool at Chamundi Vihar had been planned about 12 years ago and also the project was sanctioned once Siddaramaiah was the Deputy Chief Minister.
But, the project remained a non-starter in view of a dispute over the land assigned for construction of the pool.
Work on the project really began in 2013 when another plot of land was sanctioned for the pool to be constructed at a price of Rs. 3.62 crore. The project includes a main pool of 50 metre X 25 metre, besides a warm pool and a children’s pool. A leveling tank, a filtration unit, and a green space have also been designed. Presently, work on landscaping and building a compound wall is under way, said an official, expressing optimism that the work are going to be completed before August 29. When completed and thrown open to the public, this pool are going to be only the third pool for the general public in Mysuru.
The other pools are University pool in Saraswathipuram and also the recently opened pool in JP Nagar under a venture between Mysuru city Corporation and a private player.
However, a pool at Chamundi Vihar stadium will provide residents of east and north Mysuru access to a public pool .
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