Jammu: At least 13 labourers were trapped on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir due to the fall of a section of an under-construction tunnel, three of whom were rescued, officials said on Friday.
The incident took place late on Thursday night. The rescue team arrived on the scene and began working on a war footing to safely extract the trapped laborers. Officials said the three rescued workers have been admitted to hospitals.
Several machines and trucks have been damaged in the incident. A senior official said that at around 10.15 pm on Thursday, the audit tunnel of T3 on the highway near Khooni Nallah in Ramban collapsed, trapping 11–12 labourers of Sarla Company working there.
The rescue operation has been going on in full swing. Rock breakers are being used to safely bring out the trapped people. The three injured have been admitted to the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu.
Union minister Jitendra Singh termed the collapse of a part of the under-construction tunnel on the national highway stretch between Ramban and Ramsu “unfortunate”.
“I’m in constant touch with DC Mussrat Islam. Nearly 10 labour workers were trapped under the debris. Another two were rescued and hospitalised with injuries. Rescue operations are going on in full swing. “Civil administration and police authorities are monitoring the situation,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Ramban, Massaratul Islam, and Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohita Sharma, are camping at the spot. The deputy inspector general of police has been supervising the rescue operation.