On the crucial issue of rescue of Meghalaya mine workers, the central government told the Supreme Court that they were facing difficulties rescuing 15 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine.
The coal miners are trapped in this coal mine of Meghalaya since December 13.
The government said that it had no blueprint of the 355-feet well.
The government told the top court that the illegal mine was located near a river and seepage of water was hindering the rescue operation.
The bench directed the centre and other authorities to file a status report on the steps taken and progress made in the rescue operation on January 7.
The top court on Thursday had expressed dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the Meghalaya government to rescue 15 miners trapped in the illegal coal mine.
The rat-hole mine, atop a hillock fully covered with trees in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, was flooded when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it, trapping 15 miners.