Tuesday, July 31, 2012

65 miners still trapped in coal shafts in Jharkhand

Two hundred miners trapped in West Bengal coal mines have been evacuated, while efforts are going on to rescue 65 others stuck in Jharkhand mines. 265 miners were trapped in various coal mines of state-owned Eastern Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal in the two states following massive power failure across the country due to collapse of grids. "All the 200 stuck inside Sodepur and Satgram mines in Burdwan (West Bengal) have come out. We arranged emergency power to rescue our trapped miners," Eastern Coalfields General Manager, Technical, Niladri Roy told PTI.Bharat Coking Coal chief Tapas Kumar Lahiry said six of 65 trapped in mines in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand are being evacuated. "We are hopeful of evacuating all others soon," he added. Rescue operations are going on and power supply has been restored in some of the mines.

"Our 40 miners are trapped inside Bargarh underground mines. Besides there are some 25 miners still stuck in Moonidih, Putki Balgora and Jairampur mines. Rescue operations are on and we are hopeful of bringing them out soon," Mr Lahiry said. Mr Lahiry said that though the power has been restored in Bargarh mines, there is voltage fluctuation.  There were about 3,500 miners in the first shift and majority of them came out immediately after the power cut, said BCCL Director, Technical, Ashok Sarkar.

He added that the electric supply has been restored in the area through Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and adequate food and water are being supplied to the trapped miners. Meanwhile, Central Coalfields in Jharkhand has prevented about 5,000 of its miners from entering about 25 underground mines in the second shift till normalcy is restored. "There is no vertical shaft in our mines. All 5,000 miners in the first shift were asked to come out soon after the news of the grid collapse reached us," said CCL Director Technical, TK Nag.