15 Apr ARE WELL CAVING DEATHS AVOIDABLE?
By about noon today –this year’s Vishu day, April 15, 11- the sad disappearanceof a well digger into a well due to wall collapse happened in the MoonnamPuthen Theruvu, Fort, Thrivandrum. The TV channels brought this incident to our living rooms along with the rescue efforts to save a human life caught under thedebris. Unhesitatingly I will say that this and similar accidents are a shame on us,especially in this modern world and our society that undergoes modernizing on afast track.The modern science and technology have endowed us with tools and knowledgethat will become handy in avoiding and preventing such and other ghastlyincidents costing innocent lives.In fact what we need is a D –shallow or say 30 m.-resistivity tomogram of theland area of the highland and midland on a cadastral scale using theCARTOSAT-II data base. This program can be easily completed over a period of say 5 years. Moreover, the lihtologs of currently serving wells (both borewellsand shaft wells) in the state have to go into a data base accessible to the welldigger as well as the well owner, in every nook and corner of the state and either at the LSG offices/akshaya centers etc. This project can also be implementedover a period of say 5 years. The scientific ministries of GOI or the planningcommission will be prepared to finance these projects.Once the shallow subsurface lithological data base is implemented and becomesfunctional in the public domain through a variety of channels the data will become tangible for the public. When almost all the blocks or villages of the statehave at least a school each, I would imagine that majority of such schools havesome sort of connectivity to internet. If these schools and colleges in the state aswell as the village/Krishi office with internet connectivity will be equipped to offer this new knowledge on the shallow geological make up to the needy like welldigger or potential owner of a new well.This will be a much needed service especially to the day worker community andtheir families in the state. Such an empowerment will save dozens of lives everyyear and perhaps avoid life long penury of the unfortunate families.