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No open well or borewell 300 meters from my land, can I drill a borewell here in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka?

I want to drill a borewell in our land but the local people have lodged a complaint in the police station, would like know what are the legal options available to me.

There is no open wells near our land for 300 meters in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka.

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1. Links for borewell drilling points

Dear Harshith,

Thanks for writing in. Please go through the responses of the previous users on this issue. Here are the links:

  1. How to identify good borewell drilling points
  2. Borewell Drilling: Permission Required & Distance from boundary wall: Hyderabad

You can also go through the IWP ‘Directory’ - to find contact details of organisations and individuals in your area who might be able to assist you in drilling a borewell.

You may also go through a note below by expert A. Raja Mohamed on borwell drilling.(Raja is a Geophysicist at Coastal Energy Pvt Ltd, Chennai. You can get in touch with him at

1. If I decide to go for another bore well, what are things I should look for?

The first thing is that you have to identify the most favourable site to drill a bore well where you are most likly to get copious amount of ground water that is sustainable for some considerable period to support your agriculture and other activities in your 2 acres of land.

For this you have to contact one the best geophysicist, hydrogeologist or Groundwater bore well locating expert consultancy firms who have considerable experience in the trade of art and expertise in the groundwater spectrum of activities. And further you should search for firms / persons who use more sophisticated and recent deep probing geophysical instruments that can measure the required parameters accurately with permissible errors from deeper depths.

Normally resistivity profiling and soundings are used in these kind of ground water well siting. Dipole-Dipole profiling or single pole resistivity profiling or normal profiling methodology can be adopted for locating vertical discontinuity where likely hood of more chances to strike a better yield site exists, in hard rock terrain. In sedimentary this slightly differ, where you need to search for thick bedded water holding layers. Latter it has to be confirmed with Vertical Electrical sounding method.

2. Example - Fast drilling vs slow drilling, how many feets of casing pipe should I use?

This can be only be explained by the concerned consultant who will analyse the local lithology and inform you. Normally in hard rock terrain DTH fast drilling is employed with high pressure compressor mounted rigs. In sedimentary areas Rotary rigs are used and in fringe areas combination rigs are employed. This will be ascertained by the visiting consultant who will advice you regarding the type of rig and type of methodology of drilling and well completion.

Casing depth can only be decided normally while negotiating the drilling. But based on the nearby lithological and Geohydrological analysis the visiting Consultant can provide you the required data and answer your all the other doubts or any other cropping up doubts related to this work.

3. When should I stop drilling? How to make sure flushing is done properly.

When you reach the recommended depth by the consultant you stop the drilling if you are able to get the required quantum of water or as said by the report. Better you seek the advice again from the same consultant if you are not technically sound.

4. If the casing is broken while drilling, should I ask them to replace etc..

Naturally it has to replaced after carefully removing the broken pipe.

If you would have provided the location details, professionals like me can refer to the maps and published report and give you much more information. Never the less I feel I have given you general answer to your doubts, which may be useful to others as you wished.

But to give answer to your specific problem about your failure and other related query if you supply the location of your 2 acre plot, it may be possible to address the site specific doubts and reasons there off.

 Hope you find this information useful.


Sumathi Sivam

India Water Portal Team

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