Action against owners if borewells left uncapped

Jan 9, 2018

MYSURU: The district administration has warned of strict action against land owners and rig owners if the open borewells are left uncapped.
The move comes as authorities have found that many defunct and abandoned open borewells still continue to remain death traps for children.

Deputy commissioner D Randeep, in a press note, has directed the gram panchayat PDOs, village accountants, senior engineers and watermen of detecting such open borewells in their region.

According to the Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation for Protecting of Sources of Drinking Water) Act, 1999, sinking a well for the purpose of extracting or drawing water within a distance of 500 metres from a public drinking water source without obtaining permission of the appropriate authority is prohibited.

Similarly, as per the Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Act and rules 2012, it is mandatory to apply for a permit to dig new borewells.

Digging borewells from unregistered rig agencies is an offence and public as well as officers can file a police complaint against such incidents. Permission should be sought from the taluk-level ground water committee, tahsildhar, executive officer and executive engineer of the rural drinking water and sanitation department by submitting necessary documents.

Randeep said a written permission should be sought from the concerned PDO 15 days before digging a borewell. After the borewell is dug, iron casing pipes should be installed and cap should be welded.

In case a borewell fails, it should be filled with sand and be sealed using concrete. Any borewell which is dug should have a display board containing the details of the rig agency and owner with address.

“The land owner and the rig agency will be held responsible if any untoward incident occur due to the borewell,” the DC said and asked to contact senior geologist, district ground water office at Saraswathipuram for further information.