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A coconut does the trick

Want to hit the exact point to dig a borewell? Water diviner M.V. Srinivas can help you out, says M. V. Chandrashekar

ON THE JOB: M.V. Srinivas

As the World Water Day approaches on March 22, Property Plus brings to you one interesting read on tapping the right area of the ground to spot water.

With global warming causing drastic changes in weather, water scarcity isn't news to us anymore. Digging the earth for water is a necessity these days to meet the ever-growing requirements in Bangalore. As the cost of digging a borewell is steep, people take no chance in selecting the area required for the bore and hence seek the help of geologists or water diviners.

A water diviner is one who can identify the source of the ground water using unconventional tools such as gold chain, key chain or some special sticks. But M.V. Srinivas, a self-confessed water diviner, does the same using coconuts.

"Coconut used for divining is an age-old practice. My family has been in this business for over 40 years and has seldom failed," says the water man who claims to have identified 7000 water points in areas such as J.P. Nagar, Bannerghatta Road, Hebbal and Shivajinagar.

Explaining the technique, he says, "I hold the coconut in my right palm as I walk on the proposed site. Near the water source the coconut moves upwards, defying the gravitational pull. With experience, we in the family are able to identify the exact spot and then mark the area as the water source."

With vaasthu back in trend, Srinivas is armed with a compass meter and assures you that he looks for the water source in the deva moola North East or South West.

Helping the Corporation

His proud achievement: finding the source at the Corporation Building on Queens Road where eight earlier attempts by the Corporation had failed.

On a request by Jayaram, Revenue Inspector, Srinivas identified a source that was gushing with four-five inches of water. The other well known areas where he had helped include the Russel Market and the K.S.R.P. Mangala Dama. At the latter place, after repeated failures, Srinivas' services were utilised to hit the spot.

He has observed that in areas such as Chamarajpet (Vittal Nagar), one has to dig 150-200 feet to get water, whereas in Bytrayanapura, water is available at a depth of 700 to 800 feet.

The water man identifies three points with varying levels of water and recommends the best point.

His clientele has grown massively by mere word of mouth. There have been times when the borewell company personnel themselves recommend his name.

His services are of great demand during summer and festivities.

90 per cent success

Srinivas claims that this kind of water divining using coconuts assure you of a 90 per cent success. He charges between Rs.500-700 to help you identify the source. For industrial or irrigation purposes the charges are higher.

Contact Srinivas at 403, `Pruthvi' 4th Main, Coffee Board Layout, Hebbal, Kempapura, H.A Farm Post, Bangalore-24.

Ph: 2353 0178 / 98457 20906

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