Supreme Court of India Issued Modified Guidelines Regarding Abandoned Bore Wells and Tube Wells

Sep 13, 2013 15:55 IST

The Supreme Court of India on 12 September 2013 issued modified guidelines regarding the Measures for Prevention of Fatal Accidents of Small Children due to their falling into Abandoned Bore wells and Tube Wells.

The revised or the modified guidelines are as follows:

• The owner of the land or premises, before taking any steps for constructing bore well or tube well must inform in writing at least 15 days in advance to the concerned authorities in the area.
• Registration of all the drilling agencies, i.e., Government, Semi-Government or Private should be mandatory with the district administration or Statutory Authority wherever applicable.
• Erection of signboard at the time of construction near the well is mandatory. The following details should be included on the signboard:

I. Complete address of the drilling agency at the time of construction/ rehabilitation of well.
II. Complete address of the user agency or owner of the well.
III. Erection of barbed wire fencing or any other suitable barrier around the well during construction.
IV. Construction of cement or concrete platform measuring 0.50x0.50x0.60 meter (0.30 meter above ground level and 0.30 meter below ground level)  around the well casing.
V.  Capping of well assembly by welding steel plate or by providing a strong cap to be fixed to the casing pipe with bolts and nuts.
VI. In case of pump repair, the tube well should not be left uncovered.
VII.  Filling of mud pits and channels after completion of works.
VIII. Filling up abandoned bore wells by clay, sand, boulders, pebbles or drill cuttings from bottom to ground level.
IX. On completion of the drilling operations at a particular location, the ground conditions should be restored as before the start of drilling.
X. District Collector should be empowered to verify that the above guidelines are being followed and proper monitoring check about the status of boreholes or tube wells are being taken care through the concerned State or Central agencies.
XI. District or Block or Village wise status of bore wells or tube wells drilled. In the rural areas monitoring of these should be done through Village Sarpanch and the Executive from the Agriculture Department. In case of urban areas, the monitoring should be done through Junior Engineer and the Executive from the concerned Department of Ground Water or Public Health or Municipal Corporation.
XII. If a bore well or tube well is abandoned at any stage, a certificate from the concerned department of Ground Water or Public Health or Municipal Corporation or Private contractor must be obtained by these agencies.

Information on all such data on the above should be maintained in the District Collector or Block Development Office of the State.

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