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Man falls into 40-foot deep borewell inside Delhi Jal Board plant, dies

Delhi Minister Atishi said that the borewell surrounding was completely locked when the rescue teams arrived and added that the police are looking into the matter.

Reported By : Abhay Parashar Edited By : Arushi Jaiswal
New Delhi
Updated on: March 10, 2024 16:07 IST
Man falls into 40-foot deep borewell inside Delhi Jal Board
Image Source : INDIA TV Man falls into 40-foot deep borewell inside Delhi Jal Board plant, rescued hours later

New Delhi: The body of a man who had fallen into a 40-foot-deep borewell at a Delhi Jal Board water treatment plant here was pulled out after a nearly 12-hour-long rescue operation on Sunday, Water Minister Atish said. The man, aged around 30, is yet to be identified. 

"How he entered the borewell room, how he fell inside the borewell – this will be investigated by the police. "I thank the NDRF team who made every possible effort in the rescue operation for many hours," she said in the post.

Around 1 am, information was received by the Vikaspuri Police Station that a person fell into a borewell at the DJB plant in west Delhi's Keshopur Mandi area. The diameter of a 40-foot deep borewell pipe is 1.5 feet. 

However, the officials are saying that the identity of the person who has fallen inside the borewell is yet to be ascertained. 

It is not confirmed whether the person who fell in the borewell is a child or not. According to the call received by the police at 1:15 in the night, the Jal Board employees said that someone had come to their office to steal and had fallen into the borewell.

Rescue team to dig another borewell 

The NDRF rescue team on site was led by Inspector-in-Charge Veer Pratap Singh. The team soon began rescue operations by digging a new borewell parallel to the borewell in which the man had fallen.

According to the Delhi Fire Service, the rescue operation is still underway. 

According to Delhi Police sources, the room in which borwell was, its wall was broken, and anyone could enter inside. "No CCTV was found by the police, there was no camera inside. There is no forceful entry. So far, in the rescue operation, no signal of any kind has been found. There is little hope of survival of the person. No signal has been received from the life detector machine yet," said sources.

The sources further said that whether it is an accident or a conspiracy will come out after the investigation. "Given the dimension of the borwell, it is not expected that someone will fall by themselves. The investigation is ongoing at every angle," the sources added.

"The chances of survival for the person who fell into the borewell are minimal. Footage from our camera shows the individual floating unconscious," said NDRF sources. 

Atishi visits water treatment plant

Water Minister Atishi visited the Delhi Jal Board water treatment plant in Keshopur, where an individual had fallen into a 40-foot-deep borewell. She stated that appropriate action would be taken against the official responsible for the sewage treatment plant. The minister was briefed about the rescue operation by the teams deployed at the spot.

"I have ordered all borewells in Delhi to be inspected in the next 48 hours and action will be taken against the official who was responsible for this STP (sewage treatment plant)," Atishi told news agency PTI.

"The surrounding of the borewell where the person fell was completely locked. Those carrying out the rescue operations had broken the locks and entered. It wasn't a child who fell inside, it's an adult man. Police are looking into the matter now. It is not possible or even allowed for anyone to enter the area. However, the police are investigating it," she said.

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