An incidence of overburden dump slide/subsidence occurred at Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in the second shift of 29.12.2016 at about 7.30 P.M. in the Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project in district Goda, Jharkhand, causing the unfortunate demise of 10 workers.
ECL has reported that a total of 9 bodies of workmen have been recovered from the accident site so far.
As per the ministry of coal, prima facie, it is observed that the incidence is unprecedented, since an area of 300 m length by 110 m wide solid floor of the Over Burden dump area has slid down by about 35 m involving around 9.5 million cubic meters of earth material. This could be due to failure of the bench edge along the hidden fault line/slip.
Senior management of ECL and State Government officials have been supervising the rescue operations since yesterday evening. Excavators and dump trucks have been located. NDRF Team has also been engaged for rescue and relief operations.
An Inquiry has been ordered in the incident by the Director General of Mines Safety and a High Level Committee of Experts has been constituted by Coal India Limited to investigate into the causes of the accident.
A control room has been set up at the project office of Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project of ECL.
On its part, the company has announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen’s Compensation Act. All the necessary help to the families of the deceased is being extended by ECL.
Two persons have met with injuries and treated in the Area Hospital. One of them has been sent to Durgapur for further treatment.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi expressed sadness over loss of lives in a coal mine accident in Jharkhand.
“Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside. Spoke to CM Raghubar Das on the situation. Jharkhand Government & Minister Piyush Goyal are working to restore normalcy. NDRF has been engaged for rescue & relief operations”, the Prime Minister said.
A latest statement from the union coal ministry said that rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL)/Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), State Government & Experts have been continuously carrying out rescue work at the accident site of ECL’sRajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project in district Goda, Jharkhand, and unfortunately the casualties have increased from seven in the morning to 10.
Senior Officials of Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) have arrived at the site and commenced the enquiry in to the incident.
Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDIL) has deployed magneto meters along with imaging system for locating magnetic and conductive material up to a depth of 80 meters.