Local media reported that 2 miners have been trapped in Khudia coal mines of Coal India Limited’s Eastern Coalfields Limited in Nirsa following sudden inundation of mines at 3AM on Tuesday. Both trapped are pump operators. While attempting to operate one submersible pump blasted and breached the barrier inundating the mines, according to one of the miners who managed to come out after the incident. Teams from Khudia colliery and ECL’s Mugma area and Sanctoria headquarters in Asansol are working together, trying to pump out water from the underground colliery.
Nirsa MLA Ms Aparna Sengupta blamed the ECL management for being negligent about safety concerns and said “We have been raising the issue of lack of safety gear, including boots, for the colliery workers. But the management did not respond.”
This happens to be the second incident of inundation in this mine within a month's time. Last incident was reported on November 27 but there was no loss of life