KOLKATA: After a blackout in 20 states restored, 200 workers have been rescued from the coal mines in West Bengal and still the rescue operations for 65 others are going on in Jharkhand mines. Due to the massive power failure, 265 miners were trapped in different coal mines of state- owned Eastern Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal in the two states.
Speaking about the rescue operation, Niladri Roy, general manager technical, eastern coalfields said, “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.” He also informed, “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.”
BCCL Director, Technical, Ashok Sarkar informed that the power supply of the region has been restored through Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and sufficient food and water are being supplied to the trapped miners.