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SC asks what action taken against person indulging in illegal mining in Meghalaya

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday asked what action has been taken against the owner of the illegal coal mine located in East Hills district in in which 15 miners are trapped since December 13.

"What you have done against the person who was indulging in What about the officials who were conniving in the illegal mining," asked Justice as told the court that a number of agencies, both governmental and private, are offering assistance in rescue operations but there is no coordinating authority to take decisions.

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The court said that it would deal with the aspect of later as said that the entire operation of could not have been without connivance of officials.

Grover, appearing for PIL petitioner Aditya N. Prasad, told the court that due to lack of coordination and also some hurdles being faced by the teams engaged in rescue operations and working on the site, the desired results are not there.

He said that the Hyderabad-based (NGRI), Roorkee-based (NIH) and some other private research institutions including Chennai's Planys Technology need to be associated in the rescue operations.

The court was also told that the help is needed to lift to the spot hit by tragedy.

Mehta told the court that despite their best efforts with the high-power pumps of Kirloskars, and that of the government pumping out the water, the water level has gone down by just eight inches as more and more water is coming from adjoining Lytein river.

Mehta said all the agencies named by petitioner Prasad have already been contacted by the government and everything possible is being done to augment the rescue operations.

The court was told that the operations is facing difficulty as water in the mine is muddy.

As the projected the difficulties in pumping out the water, the court wondered how the owner of the mine was handling the problem of pumping out the water.

The court listed the matter for January 18 for further hearing.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:44 IST