It is estimated that if the tunnel of 60 meters is collapsed, then the debris will be spread over the same meter.

Special things

  • It is estimated that a 60-meter tunnel is collapsed, so the debris is in the same meter.
  • Drilling machine brought from Delhi to remove debris
  • Drilling up to 25 meters done so far
New Delhi/Uttarkashi:

40 laborers from different states are trapped in an under-construction tunnel (Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse) in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand for 6 days. The rescue operation is going on for 24 hours, but no success has been achieved in evacuating the laborers yet. The rescue team has so far drilled up to 25 meters to reach the laborers. Pipes of 800 mm and 900 mm diameter will be laid with the help of drilling machines to make way for workers to get out of the tunnel, for which drilling up to 60 meters is required.

Let's understand why 12 laborers trapped in the tunnel since November 40 could not be evacuated so far. What is the problem in the rescue operation:

A special machine has been called from Delhi for the removal of debris and drilling in front of the
tunnel. "The American Auger machine was brought to the Dharasu Advance Landing Ground in Uttarakhand by the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Air Force. It was used overnight on Thursday and drilling was done up to 25 meters. The machine then collided with a metal part inside the tunnel.

Anshu Manish Khalkho, director of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), said, "An attempt is being made to cut the metal part using a gas cutter. Khalkho said they are airlifting another machine from Indore, which will reach the site on Saturday morning. "It takes more time than drilling a hole in the debris. "We also have to see that there are no cracks in these pipes," he said.

The
rescued workers are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Teams of more than 200 people from National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, BRO and National Highways are carrying out 200-hour rescue operations. Oxygen is being supplied to the workers through pipes. Food and water are also being provided.

The incident took place at 12 am on November 4 in
Uttarkashi. A portion of a 12.4-km-long tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri highway collapsed on the Chardham project, which is being built between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal and Yamunotri National Highway. The mud fell 4 metres away from the tunnel's entry point and 5 labourers working there were trapped. The labourers who managed to escape safely are trapped in a buffer zone of 200 metres. This buffer zone is under 40 meters of rocky debris.

Special rescue teams of Thailand and Norway are now being taken to rescue 40 laborers trapped in the
Uttarkashi tunnel. In 2018, a Thai rescue firm successfully rescued 17 children and their football coach trapped in a cave there for 12 days. The stranded labourers are safe and are being provided oxygen, medicines, food and water through air-compressed pipes.


"I'm fine uncle, tell my family," said the labourer trapped in the Tunnel in Uttarkashi.

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