The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi has approved to hear a petition filed by lawyer Aditya N Prasad for the rescue of trapped rat hole mining workers in Meghalaya on January 3.
Prasad in his petition has requested for the inclusion of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force in the ongoing rescue trapped mission. Prasad has asserted in his petition, “Coal India to direct the necessary technical know-how, equipment and guidance immediately at the rescue site.”
He has also asked the court to direct government for high capacity pumps to be deployed for pumping out inundated water in the clogged mining area of Ksan village in the East Jaintia hills.
Earlier, NDRF and Odisha Fire Services personnel have been carrying out the rescue work for a few days and the trapped mining workers are yet to be found out. The rescue personnel have carried with them around 20 high powered pumps, each capable of pumping out 1600 litres of water per minute.
The workers have been trapped since December 13 and the earlier two 25 HP (Horse Power) pumps used since December 24 has proved ineffective.