District authorities closing unused borewells on war footing

District authorities closing unused borewells on war footing
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Revenue, police and other departments have jointly closed almost all the unused borewells in the district, which were turning death traps for children. After the incident where a two-year-old girl Sanvi died after falling into an unused borewell at Vallala village of Shaligowraram mandal, the district authorities have put in all their efforts to close the unused borewells in the district.

Nalgonda: Revenue, police and other departments have jointly closed almost all the unused borewells in the district, which were turning death traps for children. After the incident where a two-year-old girl Sanvi died after falling into an unused borewell at Vallala village of Shaligowraram mandal, the district authorities have put in all their efforts to close the unused borewells in the district on war footing.

The district administration took the closure of unused borewells as a challenge after tasting ire of Panchayat Raj Minister K Taraka Rama Rao over Sanvi’s death. The District Collector formed special teams with officials headed by Tahsildars to monitor the works of closure of unused borewells in their mandals. The serious warning by the District Collector that cases would be filed against those who leave their unused borewell open also worked out.

Village Revenue Officers, Panchayat Secretaries, Jana Mythri constables and Grama Jyothi functional committees were also involved in the closure of unused borewells. The district authorities have prepared an action plan and special teams have conducted field visits and personally monitored closure of unused borewells across the district. The police department was also involved in the task and seriously warned the borewells owners and drillers.

According to the figures available with the Groundwater department, the Nalgonda district has highest number of borewells – 4.08 lakh - in the State. Out of the identified 8,518 borewells, 7,535 were closed by owners and 685 were left unclosed. The district authorities have also decided to register cases under WALTA against those, who would drill borewells without official permission.

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