Digging Borewell in the field

The next step was to dig borewell in the field. I searched the internet for a Geologist who could survey the land and provide the points where water is available. I contacted Dr A Ponnambalam Geologist/ Scientist who stays at Nizampet in Hyderabad.

The field was surveyed on 6th April and he has shown as 2 points where water is available in the field. He was very professional and the equipment he had was of highest standards. He informed that water will start about 250 ft and to dig upto 350 ft.

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The borewell digging was scheduled on 7th April at 9.30am. I reached my village along with my parents by 9.15am. But the borewell drilling has not reached. After calling many times, they came at 4.00pm and the work started at 5.00pm.

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The work was going on smoothly and I was waiting for water from 200 ft onwards. When it reached 240 ft, some water came out. It was more like light rain..

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The water was coming out continuously from 250 ft onwards but the flow was very less. At some point the water flow increased and we were waiting for the water to gush out with force. Some villagers came to the spot and were enquiring about the depth. When told that it was 300ft, they said its waste to go more deep as the water in the area comes out at 200 ft only and said it was a futile exercise going deeper.

We were feeling little depressed and I thought, will my agriculture journey be short lived. It was 320 ft but no sign of more water. I thought of farmers who had drilled 10 to 12 bores in that area and didnt strike water. But I had faith that we will get water as the Geologist had assured that there is water in that point. Also, my father was positive and said let us see till 400 ft. I was also of the same opinion.

Then when the next rod was inserted, it was about 340 ft, water flow increased steadily. We were relived and had smiles on the face. When the last rod was drilled into the land, at 375 ft, water came out with very high pressure that it fell on the people who were stading 20 ft.

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The initial stage is successfully completed.

The next stage is

i. To get the motor fixed. Enquired with Texmo Dealer. It is costing about 1.26 lakhs incl of installing, transport, TATA pipes.

ii. Obtain electricity connection.

iii. small plants in the land need to be removed by bull dozer

iv. Marking of the land into rows with about 12 ft distance.

v. Digging trenches and leave it for some days.

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Author: SK Reddy

venturing into Agricluture.

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