Mangaluru: Century-old well discovered in heart of city during road work


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Sep 18: A well, which is said to be over a century old, was found at Hampankatta in the city. Strangely, the well is in good condition even now. It is very deep, and some claim it to be aout 100 feet deep.

The well was found near the auto rickshaw stand near the signal circle of Hampankatta. During the execution of work under the Smart City Project, the road is being dug there when the workers who lifted the concrete slab found a well beneath.

Many say that the area acruied the name, 'Hampankatta' because of a person named Appanna, who used to sit on a platform built around a peepal tree near the said well and offer water to the passersby. The area, which was called as 'Appanna Katte' later came to known as Hampankatte, it is said. Appanna used to get water from the well that has been rediscovered now, it is claimed.

Several people whose forefathers were running their businesses here, recollect that their parents had told him about Appanna and the well. Many say that the city was once known to be having hundreds of wells in the past. They insist that such unique wells which have good water source, should be conserved.

Managing director of Smart City, Mohammed Nazir, said that work at the spot has been stolpped after coming to know about the history of the well. He said that further action will be taken after holding discussions with he local administration and officials of other departments.

  

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  • Santosh A, Mumbai

    Sun, Sep 20 2020

    Hope the administration takes steps to preserve this piece of such a historical importance. That man must have been a great person.

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  • Vincent Mendonca, Mangalore, marnamikatta

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಅದನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿ.ಅಂತಹ ಬಾವಿಗಳಿಂದಲೇ ಜನವರಿಗೆ ಶುದ್ದವಾದ ನೀರು ದೊರಕು ವುದು.ಶತಮಾನದ ಬಾವಿ,ಮುಂದಿನ ಶತಮಾನಾದಾಚೆಯ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಗೆ ಅಮೂಲ್ಯವಾದ ಪಳೆಯುಳಿಕೆಯಾಗಲಿ.ಮುಚ್ಚಬೇಡಿ

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  • vassu, kudla

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Good news. But sad to see all the masks down for the cameras and these responsible leaders talk about fighting Corona.

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  • DP, Balmatta

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Where is the 'CAUTION" tape around it OR any "WARNING" sign?

    All those people who were peeping into history via the hole, should have at least demanded this for SAFETY.

    Judging by the pictures from "POST-PEEPING", I am sure nobody thought of it and went their merry way, without realizing the DANGER and SAFETY issues involved

    Only in Mangalore!

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    no wonder we have a whole lot of pumpwells.

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  • DP, Balmatta

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    I remember in the 1970's-80's, after the Christmas Mass and Dance at Kanara Club as well as after the New Year eve's ball from Ladies Club, we used to head to
    Taj Mahal for breakfast.

    Wow.....sometimes we used to "cool our head" in the car before heading in for breakfast. Never knew that right underneath was a this big black hole !

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Nobody in the crowd in the photos including MLA, govt officials are wearing a mask. Those wearing are not wearing properly. Physical distancing anyway does not exist.
    Probably, since they are all govt officials, getting a hospital bed is not a problem. So nobody is bothered.

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  • rahulraj, kadri

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Okay. But now please dont stop the current Road development work for the well. Change and development is inevitable. We need Broad and better roads. Already civil development works are happening at a very slow pace in Mangalore. Now i am worried how long this discussion and conclusion regarding this well goes on.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Yes there were such wells in in old bus stand behind diamond building (near flower stand) apart from in front of Taj Mahal Hotel. Also there was a well near Bolar (call it level) . All these wells were closed now at the time of city development work taken place. In my childhood days I have seen these wells. But the vital point here is the slabs covered to the wells are still strong and can withstand the traffic.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    There was a well at Bejai circle opposite to Bejai church which was closed many years back.

    I heard from my grandparents and others that the people around Bejai used to take water from this well. For many years the circle was there with a steel fencing around it . With development, the municipality closed the well. After another 100 years, somebody will find when digging and say they discovered an ancient well and talk history.

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  • Godwin DSouza, Bijai

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Our house ws there about 50 meters from this well. It was used by travellers and local people to quench thei r thurst. The well was closed about 55 years ago to make wider road. The well is located at centre of bijai church gate.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    This concrete slab over well is definitely not very old!
    May be around 40-50 years old..

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    What about a well near Kankanady Junction, just right to the Falnir Road?

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    May be the water has good aqua qualities and may heal many ailments. Officials should pteserve this well and test the water!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Vincent d souza,Belthangady,not a good idea to use this water from well.I am sure it is already contaminated with pollution ,and secrets (urine and everything)I knew also toilet just in nearby the bus stand (OLD) from people around who used to sleep and spent time around.Toilet was not so good.people were urinating outside.Diesel and Petrol from buses were draining around.Thats the most dangerous thing for health.with rain everything was draind down.

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Water can be cleaned. In some countries even drainage water also reused.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Before Muncipal water supply, each house was having their own wells. When Malaria and filaria started in Mangalore, people stoped drinking well water. Now the time to use these wells for water harvesting, use this water for gardening, and drinking purpose also. Local administration should take initiative to repair these old wells.

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    There was a well in Bendorewell where now the circle stands.Thats why the junction got its name Bendorewell

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Whats the history of Pumpwell .. (No Nalin Anna pls)

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  • kuchan, Kudla

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Pump well means = Pump Edde undu.

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  • Mohan Prabhu,, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Sep 19 2020

    Amaze, Karkala:
    In the compound where the Well was located, stood a house which was called Pumwell Compound. It was the address of my parents when we lived there for 20 years from the year 1934 to 1954. My father who was the shenai, was a tenant-at-will of the Kankanady Hospital which owned the house. As a tenant-at-will he had the free use and free maintenance of the house for as long as he worked for the employer. The hospital had two wells, one for our family's use, the other for supplying water to the hospital which was located up the hill, and the water had to be taken by pipes buried under the ground, and the water was sent by a pump which was housed in a separate structure alongside the well. Hence the place was called Pumpwell. A mechanic under the supervision of my father came every morning at 8 to start the pump and at 5 in the evening to turn it off. The mechanic allowed me occasionally to get inside the structure to see how the pump worked, and in the summer time under the scorching sun, he would let off some water for me to take shower under the pipe jutting out of the structure, before shutting of the pump..
    My father may not have been the first to occupy; perhaps his predecessor in office did. The above, I believe, is the history of the Pumpwell. Perhaps, also the Pump came after the hospital bought the property years earlier.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Good Knowledge. Thanks Kiran

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  • satish, kudla

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Also a well besides Padil Cirle is no more

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  • Vipul, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Please try using the already available water source to recharge ground water. Rain water harvesting is the need of the hour. Incentives should be given by the government to existing commercial places to place the infrastructure required.

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  • saquib, byndoor

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    because of urbanization our life style has changed and the Mother Nature is talking all the batter

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  • mabel dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Good article. very good history. keep up the good work daiji.

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  • bala, Urwa

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    In our coastal belt we used have wells and ponds for each house before. Which was good for rain harvesting. We had enough water till borewell come to existance which took water table 300 to 500 ft below.

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  • Brian Nazareth's, Koppa/Mangaluru

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    There is another well in the area of the old service bus stand...nowa paid parking area.. would do well if that well too is restored.

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