Eight next of kin of trapped miners receive Rs 2 lakh from centre

SHILLONG Mar 31: On Saturday evening eight next of kins out of the 16 victims in an illegal rat-hole mine in Khloo Ryngksan who were requested to come including the wife of trapped miner Kitu Miya received the compensation of Rs 2 lakh each as released by centre in addition to Rs 1 lakh interim compensation granted by the state government earlier.

Also a team of Army Engineers from Gajraj Corps have installed two platforms using heavy prefabricated girders. Twenty army vehicles were used to bring these stores to the remote area in East Jaintia Hills Hills District.

According to rescue operation spokesperson Reginald Susngi the Gajraj Corps Engineers responded swiftly in aid to civil authority and made two platforms of 80 and 100 feet’s respectively within 32 hours.

The deputy commissioner F. M. Dopth who supervised the work at site today appreciated the services rendered by the army especially the Army Engineers led by major Asutosh Rawat under the supervision of Colonel Puttu who have shown great dedication and passion
to assist the state and administration in everyway.

Susngi also said that Kirloskar Brothers Limited are assembling two pumps in shaft no. 8 for the last three days and as the process is too slow.

The district administration has asked for more engineers from the company to be deputed as those at the site appears to be new recruits and not as experienced as those who were deputed earlier and further requested the company for more pumps for the last three weeks but were informed that only two additional pumps are available at their plant in addition to the six pumps already available at the operation site and will be able to allot them after April due to year ending.

The spokesperson also said that the district administration have facilitated and provided all logistics required such as fuel, food, water, medicines, equipments, materials, skilled mechanics, cranes, recovery vehicles, trucks, pick ups, four-wheel drive, labourers and cooks to all the rescue operation teams.

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