Though the Supreme Court of India clearly issued orders and guidelines about closing of bore well holes on September 12, 2013, the authorities and the people seem least bothered about the death trap of children. There is also an enough power with the revenue department to fine all those defaulters who did not follow the guidelines under AP WALTA (AP Water, Land and Tree Act) Act-2004.
The authorities have no data about the bore well diggings in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts. In a recent mishap that caught the eye of national media, a four-year-old girl lost her life after falling trap in a bore well hole in Ibrahimpatnam mandal.
When asked the same about to the Joint Commissioner of Ranga Reddy District MV Reddy, he said, The Tehsildar’s have been instructed to collect the data of working and open bore-wells”.
“It is the duty of every citizen to take responsibility of closing the open bore-wells that have been dug on their lands”, added Mr. Reddy.
Gopi Ram, Mandal Revenue Officer or MRO of Maheshwaram said, “We are trying to educate the farmers and urban population about the WALTA ACT”.
A rig owner openly claimed corruption in this matter. “Generally we dig bore wells during night times and if require during day time, bribing the officials with Rs 500-800”, said a rig owner.
AP WALTA Act-2004 directs no bore-well should be dug beyond 120 meters deep and the dry bore wells should be closed immediately.