Meghalaya Chief Minister has said that the State
government will appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the operations to retrieve
the bodies of miners. 15 miners have been trapped in an illegal rat hole mine located
at Ksan near the Lytein River in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya since December
In January 2019, the Supreme Court had asked the
Centre and Meghalaya government to continue multi-agency operation to rescue
the miners. So far only two bodies have been retrieved.
Rat Hole Mining is mining procedure which
involve digging of very small tunnel of only 3-4 feet high for extracting coal.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned rat hole mining in 2014. The ban
was on grounds of the practice being unscientific and unsafe for workers.
However, the orders of the Tribunal has been repeatedly
violated and the State Government has failed to check illegal mining