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Uttarakhand Tunnel Accident: Other options are being adopted to evacuate workers

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Uttarakhand tunnel accident, rescue operation continues

Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operation: 41 laborers are trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel of Uttarkashi for 15 days. New difficulties are emerging in the rescue operation. After the drilling machine got stuck in the tunnel, the hopes of the workers trapped in the tunnel getting out soon have been dashed. Rescue may now take a long time. Work is going on to remove the parts of the auger machine stuck in the tunnel. Meanwhile, work has also been started on two-three options.

Work started on two-three options

Additional Secretary Technical, Roads and Transport Mahmood Ahmed told a press conference that the auger machine is 13.98 meters deep and is being cut with laser and plasma cutter. For this, work will be done till late hours. He said that work has been started on two to three options. SGVNL is doing vertical drilling of 1.2 meter diameter. Geologist has identified a new location for drilling. Horizontal drilling of about 15 meters has been done. We have identified a location where we estimate a total of 86 meters of drilling will take place. One machine drills 44-45 meters. After this another machine will be used. The second machine has also arrived.

Ahmed said that ARIVLL is building a platform for 180 meter perpendicular horizontal drilling. He expressed hope that RVNL would start the drill on 28th. He said that it is a long process. Will drill 180 meters in 15 days at the rate of 12 meters per day. We also want to build a drift tunnel, the design has been made and approved… We are working on these different aspects… Difficulties are being faced in drilling from the Barkot side.

encouraged family members

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Sunday visited the house of Pushkar Singh Airi, a resident of Tanakpur in Champawat district, trapped in the Silkyara tunnel, and encouraged his family members and said that work is being done with full force to safely bring out all the 41 workers trapped in the tunnel. . Dhami wrote on social media platform ‘The Chief Minister said that during this he was informed about the tireless efforts being made by the central agencies and the state administration to evacuate the workers.

Working with full strength-Dhami

“We are working with full force to evacuate all the workers safely,” he said. Dhami said that all the workers are healthy and they will be evacuated soon. Lok Sabha member Ajay Tamta was also present on this occasion. Of the 41 laborers trapped in the tunnel, two including Airi are from Uttarakhand. Another worker Gabbar Singh Negi is a resident of Kotdwar in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Apart from this, 15 workers are from Jharkhand, eight from Uttar Pradesh, five each from Bihar and Odisha, three from West Bengal, two from Assam and one from Himachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister had gone to Tanakpur in the plains of his assembly constituency Champawat to lay the foundation stone of the interstate bus stand to be built at a cost of Rs 60 crore. On this occasion, Dhami said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking information every day about the workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel and the operation being conducted for their rescue. He said that there was a technical problem in the auger machine and now manual drilling has been started there. (input-agency)

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