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Abhinav Mukopadhyay

Abhinav Mukopadhyay

Asked on 29 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.

Ananya Rathore

Ananya Rathore

Asked on 29 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.

Ajay Lobo

Ajay Lobo

Asked on 29 January, 2019

Which rescue agencies are involved in the search operations?

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The Indian Army, 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.

Divya Jaiteley

Divya Jaiteley

Asked on 29 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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