41 laborers trapped in the tunnel in Silkyara of Uttarkashi are likely to come out today. The sunlight has been bringing this hope every day for the last three days. Everyone’s eyes are on the tunnel, all arrangements have been made. Up to 50 meters of pipe has been laid in the debris while about 10 meters of pipe remains to be laid. On November 23, only three meters of pipe could be put inside. Now only 10 meters of drilling is left but the challenge is that the rescue operation has been banned since yesterday evening. The drilling work was stopped. The rescue had to be stopped after a malfunction in the auger machine. The work of repairing the machine continued throughout the night. The platform on which the machine is mounted has also been moved from its place. Repairs continued throughout the night, till now 50 meters of drilling has been done inside the tunnel.
10 meters of drilling left…good news will come today!
It is expected that work will be started again after the machine is repaired. People trapped in the tunnel can be taken out by this afternoon. While a team is engaged in drilling work in the tunnel, drone sensor radar is being used for the safety of people engaged in rescue work. For the first time in India, drone sensor radar is being used inside the tunnel. A team of experts from Bangalore has gone inside the tunnel with this drone.
World class machines deployed in rescue
The situation has been changing continuously for the last 48 hours. Earlier it seemed that pipes could be easily laid in the debris, but on the night of 22nd November, iron rods stopped the work, by then only 13 meters of pipe remained to be laid. It seemed that this obstacle would also be crossed on 23 November. On November 23, a bigger problem arose and only three meters of drilling could be done. Now 10 meters challenge is left today. Experts are saying that it is not that easy. From the center to the state government, everyone has invested their lives in the rescue. Wherever there are experts in tunneling in the world, everyone is being included in the operation. World class machines have been installed in this rescue of Uttarkashi. Former PMO advisor Bhaskar Khulbe himself is standing on the spot.
NDRF soldiers engaged in rescue operation
‘Operation Zindagi’ in Uttarkashi
- November 12 – 41 workers trapped in tunnel
- November 13 – Concrete laid to stop debris
- November 14 – Drilling started with small machine
- 15-16 November – Auger machine was ordered
- 17 November – Drilling started with auger machine.
- 18 November – More auger machines arrived from Indore.
- 19 November – NDRF, SDRF, BRO took charge
- November 20 – Tunneling experts arrived from abroad
- 21 November – Complete diet reached the workers for the first time.
- 22 November – Success in vertical drilling
- 23 November – The rescue team came very close to the workers.
- November 24 – 41 workers can walk out
CM Dhami talked to the workers
The ray of hope is also shining because the workers trapped inside the tunnel are safe and we are talking to them. On Thursday, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami spoke to Gabbar Singh who was encouraging the workers and assured that the entire country is with him. The wait that has been going on for the last 12 days is expected to be completed today on the thirteenth day. Prayers are continuing in the temple built outside the Silkyara Tunnel and it is being wished that any obstacle may be removed as soon as possible.
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