Chandigarh, Jun 11: Expressing anguish over the tragic death of two-year-old Fatehveer, who failed to survive his 108-hour ordeal in a borewell in Bhagwanpura village of Sunam in Sangrur district, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered closure of all open borewells across the state.
The Chief Minister has sought reports from Deputy Commissioners on all such existing open borewells, with a direction to take immediate corrective action to prevent the recurrence of such catastrophic incidents.
Taking serious note of the incident, Capt Amarinder, who had been personally monitoring the rescue operations of Fatehveer, has asked the Disaster Management Group headed by the Chief Secretary to finalise a set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to check and prevent such incidents.
The Group, which had been constituted to tackle natural calamities, has also been asked to study the inadequacies, if any, in the relief operations, and give recommendations to ensure better and quicker operations in the future in case of any such or similar manmade disaster.
Other members of the Group include (Principal Secretary Finance (PSF), FCRDP Financial Commissioner Rural Development and Panchayat (FCRDP) and Financial Commissioner Development (FCD).
'Very sad to hear about the tragic death of young Fatehveer. I pray that Waheguru grants his family the strength to bear this huge loss. Have sought reports from all DCs regarding any open bore well so that such terrible accidents can be prevented in the future,' the Chief Minister earlier tweeted, soon after receiving information of young Fatehveer’s death.
He further wrote, “Have directed all DCs to ensure that no such open borewell exists in any of the districts & have asked them to submit a report within 24 hours. You can call on our helpline number 0172-2740397 if you have information about any such open borewells in your area.' (UNI)