Uttarkashi: As many as 12 labourers trapped in the under-construction Silkyara-Dandalgaon tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi since November 41 have finally been rescued. Rescue team member Harpal Singh said that the first breakthrough was found at 7.5 pm. Preparations began to evacuate the workers after pipe pushing work crossed the debris. NDRF personnel went inside to rescue the workers. One by one, all 41 labourers were brought out.
Important information related to the case:
Workers will not be brought out of the tunnel immediately. A temporary hospital has been built inside the tunnel. There will be a medical checkup of all the laborers here. Workers will be kept here for some time. IF THE TEMPERATURE IS NORMAL AND THERE IS SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE CONDITION, ALL THE LABORERS WILL BE TAKEN TO CHINYALISAUR, 30-35 KM AWAY.
If the health of any laborer worsens, then they will be immediately airlifted to AIIMS Rishikesh. For this, Chinook helicopter has been deployed on the Chinyalisaur airstrip.
These workers were trapped in the tunnel since the morning of November 12. There was a distance of 60 meters between the workers and the rescue team. Rat miners worked for 21 hours to do 58 meters of manual drilling. On Tuesday, 2 meters of manual drilling was left, which was completed. Cm Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister General VK Singh (retired) are present at the site for the rescue operation of the laborers.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami is meeting the evacuated labourers. Union Minister of State General (retired) VK Singh is also present there. VK Singh welcomed the workers by wearing a garland. Family members of the labourers being evacuated are also present in the tunnel. Medical check-up of the workers is being done in the temporary hospital built inside the tunnel.
Naseem, a manual driller at Navyug, a company with rate snipers, told ANI, "All the workers are healthy. I took a selfie with him. "When the last stone was removed, everyone raised slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai," he said.
AFTER KEEPING THEM IN THE TEMPORARY HOSPITAL OF THE TUNNEL FOR SOME TIME, THE LABOURERS WILL BE TAKEN TO CHINYALISAUR, 30-35 KM AWAY. A 41-bed special hospital has been built there. The road from the tunnel to Chinyalisod has been declared a green corridor. This hospital is about 30 to 35 kilometers away. It will take 40 minutes to cover this distance.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also sent a team to rescue the laborers trapped in the tunnel of Uttarkashi. "A team has been sent to Uttarkashi to help our people.
The team, led by Rajdeep Dutta, liaison officer of the Resident Commissioner's Office in New Delhi, will help in evacuating the workers trapped in the tunnel at Silkyara in Uttarkashi to their homes in West Bengal and return safely.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and enquired about the rescue operation. He said that along with the safety of the laborers trapped inside, special care should also be taken for the safety of those engaged in relief work outside.
At around 12.5 am on November 30, a portion of the Silkyara-Dandalgaon tunnel being built in Uttarkashi collapsed. The debris spread for about 60 metres and blocked the exit of the tunnel. As many as 41 labourers working inside were trapped. The rescue operation was started immediately after this.