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Bagdigi Mine Disaster:Another Watery Grave

Over the years a bundle of safety legislations have been put in place for mines, prescribing safety procedures and norms covering a wide range of situations. Flooding of mines, especially in an eventuality to prevent which extensive regulations have been mandated. So why do so many miners continue to die in flooded mines?

With the last body out of the mine Bagdigi is fast receding into the background as news. The colliery is silent. The crowds have deserted – that feverish activity is no more visible. Only some sullen faces and the sounds of distant sobbings fill the air. It was on February 2 when at about 11 am millions of gallons of water that had collected in the abandoned No 5 pit of adjacent Jayrampur colliery for the last three decades suddenly broke the barriers to inundate the No 7 seam of No 12 pit of Bagdigi colliery creating a watery grave for 29 miners including two executives. After Chasnala and Gaslitand this is another major accident in the Dhanbad coalfield though there are two differences this time.

One miner was found alive after several days to tell his tale of the horrowing experience; this time the workers are not alone – they have the company of executives in their watery grave. Nevertheless, the question remains: how long will miners continue to be victims of such disasters specially when they are found later, to have been easily avoidable? So with grief there is anger just as water and fire lie side by side in the mines in these areas.

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