Hemant SenguptaAsked on 26 January, 2019
What are rat hole coal mines?
Rat hole mining is a process wherein narrow tunnels are dug into the ground, like those dug by rats, to help miners reach coal reserves. The term 'rat hole' emerged during the colonial era.
Chirag JindalAsked on 26 January, 2019
Is rat hole mining legal?
No. Rat hole mining was banned by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2014.
Ananya LoboAsked on 26 January, 2019
Which rescue agencies are involved in the search operations?
The Indian Navy, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and Odisha Fire Services are involved in the rescue efforts and are being aided by teams from Coal India and pump-makers Kirloskar Brothers.
Rajesh ChauhanAsked on 26 January, 2019
Why did it take so much time to find the miners?
Rescue attempts were initially marred by the lack of equipment. Efforts were further stalled by bureaucracy, and full fledged rescue attempt began only at the fag end of 2018.