Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: “Trapped workers very happy,” says ex-advisor to PM

UTTARKASHI | Updated: 28 November, 2023 6:31 pm IST

UTTARKASHI: With the 41 workers still trapped inside the collapsed Silkyara Bend-Balkot Tunnel since November 12, the former advisor to the Prime Minister, Bhaskar Khulbe said that the workers were very happy inside.


On the 15th day of workers being stuck inside, Khulbe told The New Indian, “The workers are very happy there and are keeping very well with food being provided to them daily.” He added that they were being provided with mostly liquid food like milk and khichdi.


The retired IAS officer was armed with good news for everyone reassuring the media and the country that the workers would be rescued shortly, while adding that the workers were also being provided with a steady supply of fruits.


“I have been in steady contact with the Uttarakhand Chief Minister but not the PM. We are working to get the workers out,” he said.


Presently both the state government and the central government are working hand in hand to help the workers escape the collapsed tunnel.


During the excavation process, it was also witnessed that the American auger machine had started malfunctioning for the third time, resulting in one of the machines being stuck inside the structure. Arnold Dix, an international tunneling expert, told reporters that the auger machine was “finished” and of no use after getting stuck inside one of the structures during the drilling.


The operations are still underway with various government agencies working tirelessly according to their assigned tasks to ensure the safe evacuation of the 41 trapped workers, in accordance of the tasks assigned. Renowned experts, present on site, are also being consulted to get the trapped workers rescued without any harm done.


The rescue operations are being undertaken by ONGC, SJVNL, RVNL, NHIDCL and the THDCL, while being assigned specific responsibilities while working in collaboration with each other.

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