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Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to partner with private organizations through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. This decision comes in response to the need for improved swimming facilities and training opportunities within the city.
Enhancing Accessibility and Quality
PCMC has constructed a total of 13 swimming pools across various locations in Pune, including Keshavnagar, Sambhajinagar, Kasarwadi, Pimparigaon, Yamunanagar, Pimple Gurav, Nehrunagar, Vadmukhwadi, Bhosari, Mohannagar, Thergaon, Sangvi, and Akurdi. These pools were intended to provide residents with recreational swimming opportunities. However, swimmers in the city often faced challenges when seeking quality training and practice.
To address this issue and make swimming facilities more accessible, PCMC has made the strategic decision to collaborate with private organizations through a PPP model. Out of the total 15 swimming pools owned by the Municipal Corporation, five pools will be entrusted to institutions that specialize in training and development under the guidance of expert coaches.
Public-Private Partnership for Optimal Management
The selected private organizations will be responsible for managing these swimming pools, ensuring efficient operations and offering specialized training facilities for their players. The sports department has assured that experienced coaches will provide training to the swimmers. The Municipal Corporation will continue to operate the remaining ten swimming pools, ensuring a balanced approach to facility management.
The swimming pools in Kasarwadi, Yamunanagar, Pimparigaon, Vadmukhwadi, and Charholi will be handed over to private organizations for effective management. This collaboration aims to enhance the quality of swimming facilities and provide improved training opportunities for the residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Closed Pool and Tender Process
While the majority of swimming pools will be operated by the Municipal Corporation or private organizations, the pool in Akurdi will be permanently closed due to difficulties arising from its large depth. This decision has been made to ensure the safety and well-being of swimmers.
Manoj Lonkar, Deputy Commissioner of the Sports Department, has stated that the tender process for handing over the management of the five swimming pools to private organizations will commence soon. The initiative aims to streamline operations, reduce the financial burden on the Municipal Corporation, and promote efficient resource allocation.
The collaboration between PCMC and private organizations to operate swimming pools on a PPP basis marks a significant step towards enhancing the swimming facilities and training opportunities in Pune.