The Supreme Court on Monday directed that high-powered pumps of Kirloskar company be airlifted and installed immediately for de-watering of an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya where 15 people have been trapped for over two months.
The apex court also issued show cause notice to the owner of the mine saying it would consider granting compensation to the family members of the victim as prime facie responsibility and liability of the mishap is of the mine owner.
The illegal mine is located at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest and can be accessed after crossing three streams.
It was flooded in December last year trapping 15 miners when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it. Read More
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