Centre Tells Top Court That Appropriate Steps Taken To Rescue 15 Trapped Miners

The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on January 11.

New Delhi: 

The Centre informed the Supreme Court today that all appropriate steps were being taken to rescue 15 miners trapped since December 13 in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya and Indian Navy has deployed remotely operated underwater vehicle in the operation there.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that 71 members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 20 from State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 16 Navy personnel and others, including those from Odisha fire service and Coal India Ltd were working in the rescue operation.

The Meghalaya government, also filed a status report on the rescue operation and said there were problems like difficult terrain and lack of proper infrastructure at the site which were creating hurdles.

The top court is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Aditya N Prasad who has sought urgent steps to rescue 15 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

Senior lawyer Anand Grover, representing the petitioner, told the bench that he would make a note based on the status report filed in the court and give suggestions, which could be considered. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on January 11.

Mr Mehta told the bench that the Navy was using a remotely operated underwater vehicle in the rescue operation.

The state government, in its status report, said…

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