The exact reason behind them being present at the mine is yet to be established. Also, the exact cause of the death could not be established since their families refused to get their postmortem conducted, said officials.
Since 2014 ban, NGT teams report illegal mining in Meghalaya, local officials say no way to check if coal is old or new. When the NGT ban was ordered, Meghalaya’s annual coal production was nearly 6 million tonnes.
The CM said the state government has written to the Coal India seeking their special pumps (high-power submersible pumps) to aid the rescue of the 15 miners in Lumthari area of East Jaintia Hills district.
According to the October 24 note of coal ministry, there will be a spurt in demand of coal transport through railways only. The ministry estimates that coal supply through road is unlikely to increase significantly.