Five days after a five-year-old girl nearly drowned in a Tangra housing complex pool while learning to swim, TOI spoke to such societies on the safety measures they adopt to ensure quick response in similar situations.
The mother of the child alleged that the lifeguard did not even notice her daughter struggling in the water. With new-age housing complexes adding swimming facilities as an attraction, the recent incident has raised the safety concerns in such pools.
Licenced trainers, lifeguards, flotation devices for children, CCTV-camera monitoring are some of the measures adopted by these residential apartments for their swimming pool operations. For example, Ruchira Residency on EM Bypass ensures there are no more than 13 children in the pool at a time. Assistant secretary of the society Joy Banerjee said, "We just have one trainer. So we do not allow more than 13 children in a batch. This helps the lone trainer keep an eye on all of them."