Indian Army transports ‘ready to fit girders’ to mine site

SHILLONG, Mar 29: The Indian Army on Friday brought pre-fabricated girders or ready to fit girders to the illegal flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

According to the rescue operation spokesperson R Susngi, these girders were transported to the new old shaft no.5 and 15 and the installation of platforms forms will be ready by Saturday itself.

“Installation of one pump in shaft no. 8 by the Kirloskar brothers Ltd was completed. A generator was also placed in advance to speed up the process. Pumping of water will take place immidiately soon after the second pump is installed,” Susngi informed.

He also said that as usual dewatering is being carried out by the Coal India Limited and after pumping of water is for 33 hours from both their pumps since Thursday evening till Friday 5 pm the discharged of water is 44, 55, 000 litres.

The Kirloskar Brothers Limited pumps also were used since Thursday evening in which pumping of water took place till Friday 5 pm and after 32 hour the discharged of water is 28, 80, 000 litres.

However, the KSB pumps remained suspended since March, 26 due to some technical problem.

The NDRF and the SDRF as usual provide assistance to other agencies with all available resource.

It may be mentioned that 16 miners were trapped inside the mine since December 13 last year even as rescuers have been able to retrieve only two bodies.

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