Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: An auger drill machine was being placed to speed up the process of excavating through the debris and rescuing the 40 workers trapped in an under-construction tunnel in Silkyara, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. Rescuers were working against time to extract the personnel. Aside from that, regular communication was used to keep an eye on the confined workers’ mental health.
Evaluating the Precarious Conditions
Given the precarious condition of the mountains where the tunnel is located, experts from Thailand and Norway were taken into consideration. 800 mm of evacuation tubes must be inserted through over 50 metres of material. On Thursday at 10:50 a.m., Union Minister General (retd) VK Singh is expected to visit the tunnel to assess the progress of the rescue efforts.
Deploying a 900 mm-long Conduit Through Debris
To free the trapped workers, a rescue crew will also try to place a 900 mm-long conduit through the debris. Indiatoday was told by sources.in that rails may be put in the pipe to remove the workers from the tunnel without requiring them to fight their way out of the pipe. Three consignments of the new auger drill machine, transported from Delhi by Indian Air Force (IAF) Hercules aircraft from Chinyalisaur helipad, arrived at the tunnel in the meantime. About 35 km separate Chinyalisaur and the tunnel.
Machine’s Bulk Slows Down Truck Movement
The machine’s weight was causing the truck to move slowly. Three trucks were being used to deliver the drilling machine and its components to the tunnel. The 24 tonne drilling equipment has the capacity to cut the tunnel at a speed of 5 mm per hour if it operates as intended. On Sunday, a section of the tunnel that was a part of the massive Char Dham all-weather road project collapsed. From the Silkyara side, the 30-meter collapsed part is located 270 metres from the tunnel’s mouth. According to officials, the labourers were safe and were receiving water, food, oxygen, power, and medications through pipes.