Rig owners asked to report on the status of tubewells in 7 days

Penal action would be taken against rig owners who failed to cap the abandoned borewells they had sunk.

The rig owners would be held criminally responsible for any accident along with the owner of the property where the borewell was located, Collector S. Jayandhi has warned.

Addressing a meeting of rig owners, government officials, and local body officials here on Wednesday, Ms. Jayandhi recalled the Aravakurichi incident in which a seven-year-old child fell to her death into an abandoned borewell that was not capped properly.

Ms. Jayandhi said that similar meeting of stake holders was being held in all taluks across the district on Wednesday and a deputy collector rank official had been asked to monitor the meeting deliberations and undertake the follow-up in the designated area.

Drawing attention of the participants to the fact that the State government had already put in place a set of rules governing management of abandoned borewells even in private places and the penal clauses contained in those regulations, Ms. Jayandhi said that charges would be ranged against the offenders in case of any mishap under Sec 304 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Collector wanted the rig owners to report the status of the abandoned borewells they had sunk and found unsuitable for use.

They should cap the top of the tubewells properly and report the matter to the local bodies concerned within seven days, she ruled.

  • Tubewell owner and property owner to be held criminally responsible in case of accident

  • State has put in place a set of rules governing management of abandoned borewells