Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse: Authorities are in continuous contact with the trapped workers, advising them to remain patient during the rescue operation.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reviewed the ongoing relief and rescue efforts in the under-construction tunnel in Uttarkashi’s Silkyara on Wednesday.
2. NHIDCL Director Anshu Manish Khalkho informed PTI that a six-diameter pipe had been inserted through the debris to deliver food supplies to the trapped workers. Initially, this task was accomplished using a pipe designated for oxygen supply.
3. Speaking on the rescue operation, engineer and drilling Expert Adesh Jain told ANI, “It was not a machine failure. The rubble has fallen six times till November 14 and its span has increased to 70 metres. My machine can only work up to 45 metres that’s why the government arranged a big machine with a capacity of around 70 metres. We have made the infrastructure ready to support the new machine…Human lives will be saved by 101%. I believe that by tomorrow evening or night, everybody will be rescued safely from the tunnel.”
4. Uttarkashi District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela mentioned that authorities are in continuous contact with the workers who are trapped, advising them to remain patient during this challenging situation. “It is a challenging situation. We often tend to lose patience in situations like this. Our officials have spoken to the protesters and asked them not to give up patience. It may take some more time but all the trapped workers will be safely evacuated,” Ruhela told PTI when asked about the protest.
5. NHIDCL Director Anshu Manish Khalkho further mentioned that providing a precise timeline for the evacuation of the trapped labourers is currently impractical. Despite this, concerted efforts are being made to progress swiftly and ensure the safe rescue of all individuals. He emphasized the ongoing maintenance of consistent communication in this regard.
6. As per the list released by the emergency operation center, the trapped workers include 15 individuals from Jharkhand, eight from Uttar Pradesh, five from Odisha, four from Bihar, three from West Bengal, two each from Uttarakhand and Assam, and one from Himachal Pradesh.
7. Indian American Congressman Shri Thanedar has called upon the United States Agency for International Development to offer prompt assistance in the ongoing rescue efforts in Uttarakhand, India, where 40 workers are trapped in a tunnel that has partially collapsed.
8. “This tragic incident in Uttarakhand is not just a local crisis; it’s a humanitarian concern that demands global attention and action. The United States, with its advanced technology and expertise in rescue operations, has the capability to make a significant impact in these efforts and potentially save lives,” Thanedar said.
9. A drilling machine was transported by air from Delhi on Wednesday to replace the previously “failed” equipment that was initially employed to establish a passage for the 40 workers trapped in a tunnel under construction, as per officials.
10. At the entrance of the tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri National Highway, workers expressed their discontent through slogans, protesting the perceived sluggishness of the operation to rescue their colleagues who have been trapped inside for over 72 hours, PTI reported.
(With inputs from agencies)
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Updated: 16 Nov 2023, 08:32 AM IST