Palanpur, Gujarat, Nov 23 (UNI) Panic gripped the Gamanpura village, 13 km from Mehsana at Behacharaji Road yesterday morning, when a tubewell began spouting water at high pressure that rose to 50 feet.
Another tubewell in the region too has begun spouting water that smells of oil.
ONGC surface manager R S Singh informed that a team from the Institute of Reservoir Study (IRS) has rushed to the village from Ahmedabad to study the situation.
With rich deposit of natural resources, Gamanpura has 45 ONGC gas wells where oil has been struck by the ONGC Mehasana. Work on well No 45 was on in the village and this could have contaminated the borewells, say villagers.
According to Sarpanch Ramesh K Makwana, ''The tubewell that was lying dormant for past one year, had erupted suddenly shooting water to as high as 50 feet.'' The other one also had been lying abandoned.
The sarpanch said the village has 15 tubewells that cater to drinking and irrigation purposes. ''From all these wells, oil-mixed water is flowing that is unfit for drinking,'' the sarpanch said.
District Collector Ajay Bahadu however allayed the fear that the village would suffer on account of drinking water shortage. He said the village gets Narmada water for drinking and as such there is no immediate threat to drinking water supply. ''I have asked the executive engineer (public health) to study the problem which as per preliminary reports, occurred due to leak in one of the ONGC wells,'' he said.