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Rescue ops for Meghalaya miners makes little headway

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

The spent the whole of Monday to retrieve their which had got stuck during underwater searches for the 15 miners who have been trapped in an illegal mine here for over a month.

The Navy's efforts bore fruits and before calling an end to the operation Monday, they managed to reclaim the from inside the 370 foot-deep coal mine in district, officials said.

During the day, a team from a Chennai-based company that specialises in submersible robotic inspections launched their in the nearby abandoned mines using their smaller robotic vehicles, Operations R told

They have been tasked with preparing map of these rat-hole mines and see if there was any traces of the trapped diggers, the said.

He said from Hyderabad-based CSIR-NGRI Dewashish Kumar has also begun electric topography survey in the area to identify the rock strata besides other important information.

The efforts to de-water the main shaft, where the miners are trapped, were affected on Monday due to the Navy's efforts to retrieve their which got stuck on Sunday night.

said due to this operation the team from (KBL) could not operate their high-powered pumps and the de-watering process was affected.

The KBL team uses two high-powered pumps to de-water the main shaft while (CIL) has brought eight of their submersible pumps to the site, according to

However, only two of the CIL pumps are being put to use to de-water the nearby abandoned mines downstream, close to the main shaft, he said.

Six pumps from (OFS) are being used as relays to take the water pumped out by CIL further downstream, he added.

Even as the multi-agency operations stepped up their efforts, the water level at the ill-fated mine has remained constant, Susngi said.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 21:45 IST