Mangalore, Aug 09, 2014: Chairing a meeting of the Ground Water Authority at his office on Aug 8, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, who is also the Chairman of the District Ground Water Authority has warned of taking stringent action against rig owners and land owners in case of drilling the bore well without obtaining permission from the Authority.
Drilling rigs will be confiscated without issuing notice in advance, if they are found to be drilling the borewells illegally. Registration of the bore well drilling rigs that are functioning in the district. At present, there are 13 registered drilling rigs. All the rigs used for drilling have to be registered with the Authority, failing which unregistered rigs will be seized, he said.
He also instructed for the closure of defunct open borewells, belonging to private individuals or the zilla panchayat at the earliest. If water is not found in the borewell, casing pipe should not be removed or the borewell has to be sealed with soil. Criminal case will be booked against the rig owner and land owner, under IPC Section 108, 404 and 304A, if at all the open borewell claims life, the DC alerted.
ZP CEO Tulasi Maddineni said that it will be made mandatory to obtain no objection certificate from the respective gram panchayat for drilling the borewell. The total number of government borewells in the district is above 4,000. No private individual can dig a borewell within 500 metres radius of the government borewell.
Of the total government borewells in the district, 656 are defunct. Among the defunct borewells, 631 borewells have been closed, while 25 are pending. It includes 17 open borewells in Bantwal taluk and eight borewells in Belthangady taluk. The process of sealing the government borewells is underway, she said. Briefing about the diameter of the borewells, Zilla Panchayat Executive Engineer Nanjeshaiah said that diameter of boreholes which was 3.5 to four inches in 1985, has now increased to 6.5 inches due to ground water depletion.
Removal of the casing will save around Rs 15,000 of the project cost. But once the casing is removed, the borehole widens inviting danger, he said. All precautions are a must to prevent untoward incidents.