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Hemant Sengupta

Hemant Sengupta

Asked on 26 January, 2019

What are rat hole coal mines?

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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 Jindal

Chirag Jindal

Asked on 26 January, 2019

Is rat hole mining legal?

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No. Rat hole mining was banned by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2014.

Ananya Lobo

Ananya Lobo

Asked on 26 January, 2019

Which rescue agencies are involved in the search operations?

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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 Chauhan

Rajesh Chauhan

Asked on 26 January, 2019

Why did it take so much time to find the miners?

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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.

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