Installation of the submersible pumps Credit: Media Image 

Shillong: Coal India Limited and Pune-based Kirloskar Brothers on Thursday placed a high-power submersible pump inside the main shaft of the coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where 14 miners have been trapped since December 13 last year. Preparations are on to use the pump by Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Odisha Fire Services personnel services resumed their operations around 10 am on Thursday.

The old shaft of the mine, where water levels had gone down by 16 inches on Wednesday, saw water levels rising again on Thursday morning. To tackle this problem, Odisha Fire Services personnel used an additional pump to help boost outflow of water discharge.

Meanwhile, around 1.20 pm on Thursday, rescuers installed three dewatering pumps in another old shaft situated below the main shaft.

A high-power submersible pump being installed to pump out water from the main shaft of the coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on Thursday

As per latest reports, Odisha Fire Services personnel stopped their rescue operations at 5.10 pm. While the water level in the old shaft was found to have decreased by six inches, the level in the other shaft was down by 13 inches.

It was also informed that Indian Navy and NDRF divers did not go down to the main shaft on Thursday, as they were waiting for Coal India to start their submersible pumps.

The mine is more than 320-ft deep, of which, more than 150 ft is filled with water.

Meanwhile, an interim relief of Rs 1 lakh was announced for each family of the trapped miners by the East Jaintia Hills district administration. This was informed to all their relatives. However, spokesperson of the rescue operation, R Susngi, said that no family member has come forward to claim the relief yet.

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