MANGALURU: The renovated of the Manglauru City Corporation (MCC) will be opened on Saturday.
The installation of an for MCC’s in the city has been completed and all other peripheral development works have been taken up. The new ozonisation plant has been installed at a cost of Rs 98 lakh at the pool, the city’s only public swimming pool owned by the city corporation. The ozonisation will ensure the water quality improves, and that costs can be saved in the long term. Mayor K said, “The renovation work is over and we will dedicate the pool for the public on Saturday.”
The new ozonisation plant was set up on 25 cents vacant land adjacent to the swimming pool. An old filter plant, which was filtering water for the pool, has been dismantled and the new ozonisation plant is functional. The plant will save Rs 50 lakh per year for the MCC since it does not require replacement of water from the pool every six months. At present, water from the pool is being replaced completely once in six months. With the new ozonisation plant, water needs to be replaced once in two or three years, the mayor said.
The contract to install ozonisation plant was handed over to Walrus Pools & Fitness Private Limited, a Bengaluru-based agency. The ozonisation plant will make water in the pool crystal clear. Further, it will keep the pool free from algae and make it safe for swimmers, he added.
Mangala Swimming Pool, which is of a size of 50mtsx15 mts, has the capacity of containing 25 lakh litres of water. While it starts at a depth of 4 ft on the shallow side, the diving end is of a depth of 16 ft. At present, the MCC authorities charge Rs 20 as entry fee for swimmers, and the monthly pass is also distributed for Rs 400. The entry fee for children and senior citizens is Rs 10 per session and Rs 200 per month. The pool remained closed for renovation since July 2018, and now the wait for swimmers, especially students, ends with the pool being all set for inauguration.