New Delhi: Today is the 41th day of the trapping of 17 laborers trapped in Uttarakhand's Silkyara Tunnel (Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapses Rescue Operation), but so far there is no ray of hope. Officials are constantly saying that they will be safely evacuated very soon. But the reality is that there are problems coming one after the other in the middle of the rescue. The American machine first brought for drilling broke down and now bad weather is pointing to new trouble.
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Manual drilling is being done after the American Auger machine broke down to reach 41 laborers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi. There is a vertical drilling of 86 meters, in which 36 meters have been excavated so far.
On November 24, the blades of a drilling machine brought from the US, 12 meters before the workers' location, broke while trying to dig from the Silkyara end and insert a rescue pipe, forcing the rescue team to pull out the blade of the stopping machine in the middle.
The bad weather in Uttarakhand can create a new problem between the rescue. The Meteorological Department has predicted rain and hailstorm in the state for the next 24 hours. Scientists are also believing that this can cause problems in rescue.
Pm Modi's Special Secretary PK Mishra, Home Secretary Ajay K Bhalla and Uttarakhand Chief Secretary SS Sandhu reached the spot on Monday to take stock of the rescue operation going on in the tunnel.
Additional Secretary Road Transport and Highways Ministry Mehmood Ahmed said that vertical drilling is being done at a fast pace. So far, 36 meters of vertical drilling has been done.
In view of the broken morale of the workers, a team of 5 doctors has been deployed at the site, they are talking to the laborers trapped in the tunnel in two shifts. From 9 am to 11 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm, the workers are sharing their mood with the doctors through the mic.
Family members of the labourers trapped in the tunnel have also been allowed to talk to them. He can talk to them whenever he wants. For this, the administration has set up camps for them to stay near the tunnel.
Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, a member of the National Disaster Management Authority, said the mental health of the labourers trapped in the tunnel was being taken care of and their families were being talked to.
Local people are performing havan near the tunnel with the hope that 41 laborers trapped in the tunnel should come out soon. Union Minister General VK Singh also reached near the Silkyara tunnel on Monday to attend the havan.
Nodal officer Neeraj Khairwal said that there was a leakage of water near the tunnel. However, water is not a major threat, the water that came during vertical drilling has been removed. There are no aquifers below.