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Mangaluru: Petrol contaminates wells - leaves people struggling for drinking water


Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Nov 8: The plight of people living at Kanekere in Deralakatte within Belma gram panchayat limits near here in getting proper drinking water has rung alarm bells for the people living around this area. It is gathered that this situation has arisen due to petrol getting mixed with well water.

This problem has been persisting in five wells at Kanekere. In the past, wells in the area had got contaminated with effluents flowing into Kanekere located at a lower level. These effluents were flowing in from the commercial-cum-residential complex at Deralakatte Junction. Even after the villagers sought help from the district administration, this problem had persisted.



Later, Belma grama panchayat had sealed the pipe discharging effluents of the building, after which the problem looked like having been solved to some extent. However, the mental peace of the residents of the area was short-lived, as the wells in the area started generating oily water. The residents took out water from the well on Tuesday night and found that it reeked of petrol. When an attempt was made to light water, fire got ignited. As a result of contamination, about 50 persons have been deprived of drinking water. Although the panchayat supplies water, as the households find it insufficient, they are facing a situation in which they have to buy tanker water at exorbitant rates.

Usman, a resident of Kanekere, claims that the problem has arisen on account of leakage from a petrol bunk operating from Deralakatte Junction. He said that he had approached the manager of the bunk and complained to him, but he responded by saying that no leakage has been happening in the bunk, and if there was any, it would have reflected in the quantum of petrol available in the petrol bunk. Usman said that his request to the manager to personally verify the complaint was not given serious consideration.

Mosquito breeding ground

In the past, complaints had been filed against Prestige and Siddi View private buildings to primary health centre Belma and district administration. The problem persisted for four years since 2013, and Balme gram panchayat closed the effluents pipe in 2017. Now, the buildings continue to release effluents even though the pipes are sealed, as a result of which mosquitoes are breeding here on a large scale. Young children, who form a big chunk of the local populace, suffer from cuts and wounds on their bodies left behind by mosquito bites.

The health department too has advised people against consumption of the well water. The villagers are concerned about bouts of ill health they have been suffering from frequently. Another villager, Irshad Ismail, said that the village might witness disaster of epidemic proportions if the concerned fail to act now.

Belma gram panchayat vice president, Sattar, said that the well water samples would be sent for testing, and based on the report, legal steps would be taken against the petrol bunk management.


Comment on this article

  • darrel, mangalore

    Fri, Nov 9 2018

    I doubt its from petrol pump, if that amount of petrol leaking which can penetrate deep underground and get into wells that owner would have gone bankrupt even before that petrol reached the well. petrol is at the price of liquid gold in India, and rarely any owner will let it flow for waste. it might be contamination from some factory waste.

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  • Santosh, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    I'm the name of Development, apartments are given permission in the city and surrounding villages which are deprived of proper sewage drainage syatem. The builders spend huge money on advertisements including news including print and digital and people get fooled looking at 'amenities'. This is the result of keeping quiet while high rises are constructed in your neighbourhood.

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Now one has to suspect of drinking of thier own well water. I find is so sad for this man and the child of going through hard time with petrol issues leaking into driving well water. It is unforgiving act if district admn is not fixing such issues without any delays. Water is the only source where even poor can survive. Why we need that mrpl in mlore. Pollutes only.

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  • Santosh, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Dear Sir, wait for a few more years, under the guise of development, increasing number of petrochemical industries will be coming within MSEZ.

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  • sankappa, Paddai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    60 years they ruled. Because of that this his has happened

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  • Kotthalingeshwara, sunkadakatte

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Because of Feku this has happened

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  • Monty, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Has petrol price come down?

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    The state government and the corporation need rush intothe aid of these people to come out of the water crisis.

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  • Satish, ABUDHABI

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Where is Local MLA now and Mangalore in charge Minister, they should visit the spot.

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  • Tt, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Kick out this type of petrol pump from the area

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Mangaluru is now become a Gulf Country ...

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  • Mamatha, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Cancer incidence increasing in community. Doctors cant explain. May be water we drinking is containing poisonous kevel of pesticide, petroleum , DDT , uranium, authorities not simply checking it. Or taking any action

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Eureka Eureka ...

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  • Nash, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 8 2018

    Close petrol pump

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