Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: Forty workmen are stuck within an Uttarakhand tunnel, and a multi-agency operation has been underway to rescue them since yesterday morning. About five in the morning yesterday, a tunnel that was still under construction on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri National Highway in the Uttarkashi district partially collapsed, trapping forty labourers inside.
Workers Receive Lifeline Through Pipeline Connectivity
The police, the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are all involved in the rescue efforts. According to a top official who spoke with NDTV, all forty workers are safe and receiving oxygen via a pipe. “We are in continuous communication with the stranded labourers, and everyone is safe,” stated Prashant Kumar, Uttarkashi Circle Officer. According to Kumar, the stranded labourers have been in contact and have received food and drink.
35 Meters Remaining in Slab Coverage for Tunnel Rescue
About 35 metres of the slab remain to be covered, according to him, after 20 metres of the slab was removed to access the tunnel and set up an escape route for the workers. “The team is removing the debris using excavators and other heavy machines,” Kumar said. Videos and pictures revealed massive blocks of concrete obstructing the large tunnel, and twisted metal bars protruding from the roof of the collapsed structure. The tunnel is intended to link Uttarkashi, in Uttarakhand, to Dandalgaon and Silkyara. It is being constructed as part of the Char Dham Road Project with the intention of cutting the distance between Uttarkashi and Yamunotri Dham by 26 km.
Trapped Laborers Hail From Multiple States Across India
According to officials, the workers who are stuck within the tunnel are from the following states: Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh. Pushkar Singh Dhami, the chief minister, stated Wednesday that he had received a briefing on the rescue effort. “I have been in contact with the officials from the time I got to know about the incident. NDRF and SDRF are at the spot. We pray to God for the safe return of everybody,” he said.