Beware Of The Killer Borewells
Glimpse|July 2019

Water scarcity in India is leading to indiscriminate boring for water which is leading to a black market in the same. Further the negligence and the ineptitude of the concerned authorities, private contractors & landlords in sealing the many open & abandoned borewells in India have devoured children many a times. But we are yet to learn a lesson.

Disney Brar

India is facing a severe water crisis. Punjab too is on the verge of turning a desert in the next 20-25 years. What happens when rivers and lakes fail to suffice when it comes to our domestic and industrial water shortage? The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has already declared that the ground water has depleted significantly in most of the states in India. What do people and the government resort to and what are the fatal repercussions of the same on the general public especially small children when the work which is initiated is abandoned midway or closed without paying heed to any safety measures? People especially in rural and smaller cities of India dig a well. But that too comes handy when there is groundwater at shallow depths. When groundwater cannot be accessed by digging a well, then to access water at deeper levels, a borewell is generally built. But sometimes a bore well doesn’t yield water and that is when it is abandoned. In India most of the times, these dangerous borewells are left uncovered or are partially covered by empty cement

India is facing a severe water crisis. Punjab too is on the verge of turning a desert in the next 20-25 years. What happens when rivers and lakes fail to suffice when it comes to our domestic and industrial water shortage? The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has already declared that the ground water has depleted significantly in most of the states in India. What do people and the government resort to and what are the fatal repercussions of the same on the general public especially small children when the work which is initiated is abandoned midway or closed without paying heed to any safety measures? People especially in rural and smaller cities of India dig a well. But that too comes handy when there is groundwater at shallow depths. When groundwater cannot be accessed by digging a well, then to access water at deeper levels, a borewell is generally built. But sometimes a bore well doesn’t yield water and that is when it is abandoned. In India most of the times, these dangerous borewells are left uncovered or are partially covered by empty cement sacks or leaves. Sometimes the digger uses a casing and partially covers the hole. Sometimes when these borewells are left abandoned for long, vegetation takes over and these borewells get covered. But then someone accidentally wanders in and falls into the borewell. It is generally small children because the diameter of the pipe is enough for a child to fall in.

These bores are generally 300 feet or more deep and when the child falls inside the borewell, sometimes he/she doesn’t even reach the bottom of the bore and gets stuck somewhere in the mud which accumulates in the borewell. Most of the times the child cannot even be seen because the bores are dark and deep. It is very difficult to even fathom the depths to which the unfortunate child has fallen in. Culling the child out with a vertical shaft becomes next to impossible.

What happens when a child tumbles into a borewell?

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