Toddler Falls Into Borewell, Rescue Operations In Full Swing
Hyderabad: Hectic efforts are being made to rescue a 14-month-old girl who accidentally fell into an open borewell in Chanuvelly village in Vikarabad district on Thursday evening. The police, civic authorities and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are trying to rescue her for nearly 20 hours. But Chinnari remains stuck in the borewell. The rescue teams are sending oxygen into the 40 feet deep well in order to bring her out alive.
Officials say that the girl is waving her hand now and then. Despite rain, the rescue teams have not given up their efforts and are digging a parallel pit using JCBs and earth movers. According to police, Yadagiri, father of Chinnari was living in a hut in the agriculture field along with Renuka and children.
On Thursday, at around 7.15 pm, Chinnari and her sister Akshita played in the fields while the couple was busy in their work. Accidentally Chinnari fell into the open borewell, said Chevella ACP Sruti Keerthi. See Also: It’s Not UP Dalit Vs Bihar Dalit: JD-U Firm On Support To Kovind
The NDRF team tried to send a Borewell Rescue Robot inside. Since the robot could not hold the baby properly, we could not catch the baby’s hand using the robot, NDRF Assistant Commandant DN Singh told the media.
Transport Minister M Mahender Reddy rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue operations.
Such incidents are not new in the State. Two years ago, IT minister KT Rama Rao warned the officials of booking criminal cases if such tragedies happen. See Also: Rajinikanth Entry Into Politics Confirmed
The Supreme Court order came in November 2009, bearing in mind the lethal risks posed by abandoned open borewells. It also directed State governments to ensure that all abandoned borewells and tubewells be capped. It also suggested that functioning wells should also be fenced off. Basing on the apex court’s order, the Central government in February 2010 issued guidelines for the maintenance of borewells.
After seven years and many deaths nothing changed. Young lives are lost due to the recklessness of officials who never care to check such things and the callousness of the people who leave them open.
Warnings are issued when such incidents take place, but no supervision is done after the episode is over and media hype is subsided.
Balala Hakkula Sangham demanded that criminal cases should be booked against revenue officials for dereliction of duty. See Also: Kovind Files 3 Sets of Nominations for President’s Post