Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: All 41 workers rescued

NEW DELHI | Updated: 28 November, 2023 8:56 pm IST
Rescue operations are ongoing at the Silkyara Uttarkashi Tunnel (TNI Photo by Sumit Kumar)

NEW DELHI: Following 17 days of toil, National Disaster Management Authorities officials have confirmed that all trapped workers have been rescued from the collapsed Silkyara Bend-Barkot tunnel in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand.


Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was also present at the site to greet the rescued workers, alongside Minister of State VK Singh. During the course of the evacuation, the CM hailed the spirit of the rescue team as well as the workers trapped inside, in the presence of the families of the workers.


The workers who have been trapped will be taken to the medical camps established along the tunnel’s premises where they will be examined for both mental and physical trauma. The ones who are in need of urgent healthcare are set to be taken to the temporary medical facility at Chinyalisaur town 35 kilometres from the site.


Presently, the rescue operation has reached its final course with the rescue team using the ‘rat hole’ mining technique, where after digging the pits, the rescuers drops down a ladder and a rope to fish the trapped ones out. The pipework had already been laid with the laying of a 55.3 metre long pipe being welded through which the workers would escape with ease.


Earlier, officials had told The New Indian that a major breakthrough was expected on Tuesday, the 17th day of the workers being trapped inside the tunnel.


The rescue operations have also entailed keeping a Chinook helicopter stationed at the site whenever necessary to airlift the 41 after they are rescued from the Silkyara tunnel. The mission is being conducted by ONGC, SJVNL, RVNL, NHIDCL and the THDCL, while being assigned specific responsibilities while working in collaboration with each other.


Most of the operation, however, is being led by the National Disaster Relief Forces alongside the State Disaster Relief Forces.

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