No classes learnt from 2019 incident

No classes learnt from 2019 incident

Tribune Information Service

Aparna Banerji

Jalandhar, Could 23

The state appears to have learnt no classes from the 2019 Sangrur incident by which two-year-old Fatehveer misplaced his life after falling right into a borewell as six-year-old Hrtihik Roshan too died in the same mishap in Hoshiarpur final night.

Minister seeks Standing report

A standing report on borewells has been sought. I’ve additionally instructed the DCs to make sure plugging of borewells and videograph the method. The govt. is pushing numerous programmes to revive floor water and recharge groundwater. Brahm Shankar Jimpa, income and water assets minister

landowner booked for negligence

  • A day after six-year-old boy’s loss of life, the Garhdiwala police have booked the farmer on whose land the borewell was dug up in Hoshiarpur village
  • On a cop’s grievance, a case has been registered towards Satveer Singh of Bairampur village below Sections 304A, 279 and 188 of the IPC

Asphyxia explanation for loss of life: Post-mortem

  • The post-mortem of deceased was carried out at Hoshiarpur Civil Hospital on Monday. The report confirmed Hrithik Roshan died of asphyxiation
  • Later, the police handed over the physique to the household of the deceased boy. The final rites of Hrithik might be carried out at 10 am on Tuesday. OC

Three years after the Sangrur mishap, the state doesn’t have a nodal authority to watch borewells being dug up indiscriminately. It continues to grope at nighttime in regards to the precise variety of borewells — open or practical. There are an estimated 14.5 lakh tubewells and 12,581 villages within the state. In the meantime, farmers say on a median, there’s a borewell at each 5 acres. All these tubewells run unregulated as farmers are usually not required to hunt any permission for brand spanking new borewells.

After the 2019 incident, below the Tandrust Punjab Mission, the authorities had plugged 2,309 borewells within the state by June-end. However since then there isn’t any document of latest borewells dug up or deserted. When talked to officers of the MC, Soil Conservation Division, DDPOs and Powercom, none of them claimed the duty for preserving observe of borewells of their respective areas.

Furthermore, after floods hit over 138 villages of Jalandhar and Kapurthala in August 2019, the tubewells of current farmers on this belt had polluted and blackened water, prompting them to dig up new borewells. Farmers say it’s extra of a compulsion and have been demanding treating of floor water for irrigation as different.

Salwinder Singh of Jania village (one of many worst hit in 2019 floods) and president of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, stated, “Water within the space is laced with chemical compounds ever because the floods. Many elderly borewells had been polluted, so new ones needed to be dug up. Water isn’t clear at lower than 200-300-ft deep now. In my village alone, there are about 40 to 50 borewells, whereas bigger ones have hundreds. If waters of Kali and Chitti Bein, Sutlej, Beas and Ravi are handled and rid of pollution, farmers gained’t want groundwater.”

In the meantime, Tandrust Punjab Mission ex-director Kahan Singh Pannu stated, “We had launched a statewide probe into borewells after the 2019 incident. However after my retirement, the mission received sidelined. The state wants a monitoring physique or such accidents will proceed and our aquifers might be empty quickly.”

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