New Delhi:

After 17 days in Uttarkashi, hope finally won. The labourers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi were rescued on Tuesday evening. After which the marathon operation that was going on for 17 days ended. This brought great relief to the country.

After 17 difficult days and several failures in the rescue operation, the rescue operation was successful and the workers were brought out of the tunnel one by one.

The workers were brought out with the help of the banned manual "rat-hole" mining technique, which was used after hi-tech machines or augers failed to drill through a rock about 60 metres away.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who was present at the spot, met the workers and lauded the morale and courage of the rescue workers.

A temporary hospital was built inside the tunnel to adapt the workers to the outdoor weather and an Air Force Chinook helicopter was also stationed for emergencies.

On November 12, a portion of the tunnel collapsed, the debris of which fell into a 60-metre stretch of the silkyara edge of the tunnel, trapping 41 labourers inside the under-construction structure.