Shillong: After rectifying the technical snags, which the high-pressure pumps had temporarily developed, personnel of the Odisha Fire Services resumed their operations to pump out water from the old shaft, adjacent to the main one, at the ill-fated coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Wednesday morning.
Of the 10 high-pressure water pumps that were brought in by the Odisha Fire Services personnel on December 28 last year, only one could be used on Wednesday at the site of accident at Ksan village, where at least 14 labourers have been trapped inside the coal mine since December 13.
A total of 120,000 litres of water were pumped out from the old shaft of the mine on Wednesday. However, the Indian Navy team and the NDRF personnel could not give an exact volume of water that is still inside the shaft.
Incidentally, the Odisha Fire Services personnel could not pump out any water from the main shaft of the coal mine where the 14 miners are believed to be trapped inside. Also, Indian Navy divers did not enter the coal mine on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Coal India Ltd is now preparing to install a submersible 100-HP water pump that can discharge up to 500 gallons of water per minute.
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