Rescue operations in progress Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: Pune-based pump manufacturer Kirloskar Brothers has finally got its two high-capacity submersible pumps operational to pump out water from the main shaft of the coal mine in East Jaintia Hills where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 last year.

Around 3.30 pm on Saturday, Kirloskar started both the pumps after it completed laying the pipes into the main shaft. The water level in the shaft will be determined by the Navy divers later.

Meanwhile, Odisha Fire Services personnel are ready to pump out water from the ground that will be left behind by the Coal India team. The latter is involved in dewatering the adjoining old shafts of the coal mine.

As per Odisha Fire Services officials, the team was able to pump out 1,000,000 litres of water from the second old shaft in ten hours of its operations on Saturday.

Subsequently, the water level has receded by 1.5 ft inside the old shaft. However, officials felt that the water levels may rise again due to seepage.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy tweeted on Saturday that he had a “useful interaction” with the DC and SP of East Jaintia Hills over the trapped miners.

“Was told that there is a river meandering over the coalfield whose water is constantly entering the mine-which is why the water level is not going down.” he wrote, adding: “As an engineer I find the situation very difficult.”

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