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SHILLONG | Jan 10, 2019:

Almost a month since 15 miners were trapped in a rat-hole mine in Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, authorities are yet to get any leads on the whereabouts of the trapped miners.

While rescue operations are on, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Thursday held a high level review meeting to discuss about the ongoing rescue operations.

The review meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Y Tsering officials of the Indian Navy, NDRF, Kirloskar Ltd Coal India and the district administration of East Jaintia Hills.

Kirloskar, Coal India and Odisha Fire service have started pumping out the water from the main shaft and so far, over one crore litres of water have been pumped out,” said the Chief Minister.

Conrad also informed that on Thursday, over 20 lakh litres of water was pumped out from the flooded coal mine in just few hours but there was a reduction of just 3  inches in the water level.

Admitting that it is a difficult task, the Chief Minister, however, stated that attempts are being made to the best possible manner to rescue the miners while adding that Indian Navy is also finding it difficult to maneuver the ROVs of the Navy in the mine

Stating that mishaps do happen in coal mines even with scientific mining, he added that if coal mining was regulated properly in the state, such disasters would have been less.

“It is important that we regulate things with proper system so that people are safe as well as it improves the economy of the state,” he said

The Chief Minister stated that it is not possible for the administration to man every inch and feet of the state.

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