After two subsequent accidents caused by open borewells, including the one that claimed the life of four-year-old Mahi, the district administration seems to have swung into action.
The Gurgaon administration has announced a cash reward of Rs 500 along with a commendation certificate for giving information about any illegal and abandoned open borewell in the district.
Monday’s meeting of the District Advisory Committee on Borewells zeroed in on a number of measures, including the cash reward, to ensure a total ban on illegal digging of borewells.
In the meeting, deputy commissioner PC Meena asked the officers of Huda, Municipal Corporation Gurgaon, and Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to conduct a survey to ensure no borewell is left open.
In cases of borewells that are already functional, he said, “These should be as per norms.”
The measures came after a one-and-half-year-old boy fell into a 20-feet deep pit near Palam Vihar's Chukma village on Sunday. The boy was rescued. On June 20, four-year-old Mahi died after falling into a 68-feet borewell in Manesar.
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“The responsibility of enforcing Supreme Court guidelines and conducting rescue operations will be of the department under whose jurisdiction the area falls,” Meena said.
The officers have been asked to give a status report within a week. Meena said that the onus of lodging FIRs against the offenders would be on the officer in whose jurisdiction the borewell falls. He also asked the officers and panchayat to sensitise their staff and create awareness among villagers on illegal borewells.