The Supreme Court has ordered the Centre and the Meghalaya government to take action against the mine owners of the disaster hit site.

The apex court has also asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to file a status report before it by January 7 on steps and progress of the rescue operation of 15 miners who are trapped in an illegal flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills since December 13 last year.

Prior to the Supreme Court’s order, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta apprised the court about the coal mine while saying that the mine is illegal and that no blueprints of the mine are available.

He further informed the SC that specialised divers of the Indian Navy were called but the operation was difficult as there is a river nearby.