12,385 defunct, open borewells closed in State, says Govt

12,385 defunct, open borewells closed in State, says Govt

12,385 defunct, open borewells closed in State, says Govt

 Over a week after a six-year-old boy fell into an open borewell, the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department has closed 12,385 defunct, open borewells across the State in an effort to prevent children from falling into them.

As many as 13,509 defunct, open borewells have been identified over the last one week as part of a statewide drive which was launched after the boy fell into a borewell in Bagalkot on August 3. The boy died subsequently.

The department has planned to close all such borewells by August 15. The general public can give information on any such borewells on the toll-free number 18004258666, RDPR Minister H K Patil told reporters on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered that all such borewells be closed and a compliance report submitted by the end of this month. About 95 per cent of open borewells have been already identified.

The remaining five per cent will be completed soon, Patil added.

Besides, he said, the department would soon bring a detailed circular on the procedure to be followed for drilling borewells at the zilla panchayat level. Currently, multiple departments are involved in this regard. A simplified and easy-to-follow procedure will be introduced to check the violations, he added.

As per the DRAR survey, the majority of defunct, open borewells are in the districts of Koppal (1,698), Hassan (1,691), Bagalkot (1,527) and Ramanagar (1,500). But the figures are not final as the survey for identifying the borewells is still going on, the minister said.

When asked whether there was any disagreement among members of the Cabinet on withdrawing the 2011 notification on the KPSC appointments, Patil said the Cabinet always took unanimous decisions. There is no point in speculating whether any member disagreed with the decision, he added.

He also defended the said decision, saying it was aimed at cleansing the system. Every one should co-operate in this regard, he said.