Drought situation: Bore wells can be constructed only for household use

KOZHIKODE: The district administration has imposed a ban on the digging of bore wells for commercial purpose. Taking into account the drought situation in the district, District collector U V Jose, issued a direction that new bore wells can be constructed only for household use. According to the order issued by the district collector, the permission of officials with ground water department is essential for the digging of bore wells during the summer season. The ban for bore wells for commercial purpose will be in force till the end of May. According to the order, prior permission is required for digging bore well even for house hold use. The district disaster management authority also holds powers to serve stop memo to the work of bore wells if the ground water department officials find that the bore well would affect the ground water level in the region. The diameter of the bore well for household use should not exceed 4 feet according to the latest direction. It is also directed that the depth of the well should not exceed 80 feet. The order also warns strict action against companies engaging in digging bore wells and private parties if they continue the work of the bore well even after receiving stop memo from the officials. Actions will be taken under various sections of Disaster Management Act. The district collector, during a special meeting convened the other day, also directed the officials to take immediate steps to prevent the digging of bore wells for commercial purpose. The actions are taken in the backdrop of drop in ground water level in the district. Any attempt by drinking water bottling units to dig new bore wells for running their business will also be strictly monitored and prevented by the official team.