Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Nine days on, rescue Op continues; CM assures safety

Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi. [Photo: ANI]

Uttarakhand: In the ongoing effort to rescue workers trapped in the tunnel, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami emphasised on Monday the urgent evacuation of all workers with a primary focus on their safety.

On the ninth day of rescue operations at the Silkyara tunnel collapse site, a significant breakthrough occurred as rescuers successfully navigated a six-inch-wide pipeline through the debris of the collapsed section where 41 labourers e currently trapped.

The deployment of this six-inch lifeline enabled the delivery of hot Khichdi to the stranded workers, marking the first instance of them receiving sustenance since their entrapment.

On November 12, it was revealed that a tunnel under construction, stretching from Silkyara to Barkot, suffered a collapse. The incident was caused by muck falling in a 60-meter stretch on the Silkyara side of the tunnel, leading to the entrapment of 41 labourers

Government statements indicate that the workers are stuck in a 2km-long tunnel segment that has been completed, incorporating concrete work designed to ensure the safety of the workers.

The focus remains on expeditiously addressing the crisis and prioritising the well-being of those affected.

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