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Angul Borewell Mishap: Collector Recommends Strict Action Against Borewell Agency & JE

26 December 2017

Diptanshu Dash

Angul: A day after the tragic incident in which a two and half year old girl fell into an open borewell exposed shabby attitude of Government officials and private firm in attending such precarious pits, Angul Collector, Anil Samal has recommended disciplinary action against the erring an official and a private agency.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department, Samal has mentioned that the work was undertaken by a private firm ‘Shri Ganesh Borewell Company’ of Chhattisgarh under the supervision of a Junior Engineer (JE), Saroj Kumar Mohanty.

“The executing agency, which did not refill the bore well should be blacklisted for gross violation of the terms of contract and serious negligence and callousness,” the letter stated.

Mohanty was negligent in his duty and supervision work to ensure refilling of the borewell after the work was abandoned. Stringent action should be taken against the JE (Mechanical), Samal mentioned in his letter, a copy of which is available with this News Portal.

On Monday, after the child, Radha was rescued from the pit after an eight-hour ordeal, Samal had directed Angul’s Executive Engineer (EE) for Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLIC) to conduct a probe into the incident. The Collector’s recommendations came after submission of the EE’s report today.

While the incident has spread panic in the district, Samal on Tuesday directed officials of the Public Health Engineering Organisation and Lift Irrigation projects to verify the existing open bore wells in the Angul. The officials have been asked to submit a report on filling of these open pits within seven days and report to the Collector.