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Indirapuram societies want safer swimming pools

Residents have rolled up their sleeves to keep a check on their society pools after an 8-year-old drowned in Amrapali Royal's swimming pool.

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Residents and AOAs of Indirapuram have rolled up their sleeves to keep a check on society swimming pools. The residents were spurred into action after an 8-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool in Amrapali Royal on Tuesday.

The boy, named Parth Gupta, was a resident of Bareily and had come to visit his uncle PK Gupta, a resident of Flat No 1006 in tower Urvashi 1 of the society.

The incident came to light on Wednesday around 6.30 pm, when a resident of the first floor of the tower noticed Parth's body floating in the pool. Speaking to City Spidey, she said that she for a moment went into shock when she saw the child's body in water. She then called out to the security guard posted nearest to the pool, who leapt in and pulled the body out.

The boy was rushed to Shanti Gopal Hospital at Ahinsa Khand 2, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Police officials said that they tried to send the body for post mortem, but his family members had sent the body to Bareily on Wednesday itself. Gorakh Nath Yadav, SO, Indirapuram, said that the role of the maintenance office was also being investigated.

The swimming pool at Amrapali Royal has a shallow section for children under 12, but according to residents, the child had moved to the deeper end. Residents said the incident took place due to the carelessness of the maintenance staff. Arvinda Rai, the maintenance manager of the society, was not available for comment.

According to Ajay Khanna, a resident of Amrapali Royal, the builder has not provided life jackets and other safety measures for the pool. He also said that the society did not have any trained or certified personnel for training swimmers or taking care of pool security.

Rakesh Kumar, general secretary of Amrapali Village, another residential society in the neighbourhood, told City Spidey that after hearing about the incident, the AOA had conducted a scrutiny of their society's swimming pool. They also educated residents and children on the do's and don'ts in a swimming pool, with support from a professional trainer.

According to the Bureau Of Indian Standards, the following rules are mandatory when maintaining a swimming pool:

  • Regular swimming pool inspections by authorities.
  • Depth markers in swimming pools.
  • Proper structuring of the swimming pool, and its fittings and accessories.
  • Personnel, including pool manager, lifeguards.
  • Availability of safety features and rescue equipment at all times.
  • Maintaining of proper water quality.
  • Proper operation and maintenance.
  • Clear instructions to all on the pool's operational timings.
  • Proper display of regulations for swimming pool users.

Residents of Amrapali Royal said that many of the above-mentioned guidelines were regularly violated in their society. The boy's family is still in shock and not in a state to talk about the course of action against the builder.