As the spotlight turns to rescue of the 15 miners trapped since December 13 in a flooded rat-hole mine in Meghalaya, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted on the issue.
The rescue efforts for now have been stopped because of the lack of pumps to drain out water.
The challenging rescue has taken a political turn with Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention.
“15 miners have been struggling for air in a flooded coal mine for two weeks. Meanwhile, PM struts about on Bogibeel Bridge posing for cameras. His government refuses to organise high pressure pumps for the rescue. PM please save the miners,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
He was referring to PM Modi launching India’s longest railroad bridge in neighbouring Assam.
Two 25-horsepower pumps used in the flooded illegal mine in the turned out to be ineffective.
The operation will need going deep into 70-feet water.
Divers of the NDRF can only go up to 40 feet deep, officials explained. And so, without the pumps to drain out water, it will be impossible to resume the rescue effort.