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Dhoni's swimming pool raises heat

April 17, 2007 20:06 IST

First his under-construction house was attacked, now a proposed swimming pool there has attracted the ire of neighbours. Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's woes refuse to die down since his return from a disastrous World Cup.

Alarmed at possible scarcity of water due to the presence of a swimming pool, people of Dhoni's neighbourhood have petitioned the Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) against the construction of the same.

"About 40 of us petitioned the RRDA and chief secretary A K Chugh drawing their attention that the swimming pool will create water scarcity in the area because it will require four lakh gallons of water," retired deputy inspector general of police S N L Gupta, who resides in the area, said.

"We don't have any objection to M S Dhoni's building coming up in our Harmu Colony. Rather we are happy at becoming the neighbours of the star cricketer. But we are concerned about water scarcity as the pool will suck up four lakh gallons of water," said Col (retd) R L Bhagat, another prospective neighbour of the wicketkeeper.

Confirming that the RRDA had received the petition, its vice-chairman M P Sinha said that the authority had asked its technical cell to analyse the building plan.

"The analysis will verify the water requirement [for the swimming pool]," he said adding he would inspect the progress after a couple of days.

The state government had allotted Dhoni the plot soon after he rose to limelight, battering the Pakistani bowlers last year. India's loss to Bangladesh in the World Cup had led to a mob attack on his under construction house.

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