The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its dissatisfaction over the pace of rescue operations to save 15 miners trapped in an illegally run rat-hole coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya since December 13.
The apex court made the comment while hearing a PIL alleging slow pace of rescue operation in Meghalaya.
“We want to place on record that steps taken for rescue operations are not satisfactory,” said the apex court on Thursday while seeking clarity from the Centre on the steps taken to rescue trapped miners.
Earlier, the PIL filed at the apex court urged beefing up of the operations in the flooded illegal mine in East Jaintia Hills by deploying army for the rescue operations.
A team comprising of Indian Navy divers and Odisha firefighters have been working tirelessly to evacuate the miners trapped in what could be a 370 feet deep pit.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state effective April 17, 2014.
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