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Day 5 of Tunnel Rescue Operation: Essentials Provided to 40 Trapped Workers as ‘American Auer’ Boosts Efforts

Efforts are underway to sustain the trapped workers with essential supplies of food and medicines. Continuous communication with the workers is maintained to uplift their spirits and keep hope alive during this challenging time.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
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Day 5 of Tunnel Rescue Operation: Essentials Provided to 40 Trapped Workers as ‘American Auer’ Boosts Efforts

Rescue operations continue into the fifth day for 40 construction workers trapped under debris in the Silkyara Tunnel project collapse in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. Since the incident on November 12, the workers have been confined for over 96 hours, with their safety in jeopardy.

Efforts are underway to sustain the trapped workers with essential supplies of food and medicines. Continuous communication with the workers is maintained to uplift their spirits and keep hope alive during this challenging time.

A pivotal moment in the rescue operation occurred with the deployment of an ‘American auger’ machine inside the tunnel. This specialized equipment is expected to expedite the clearing process and bring the trapped workers closer to safety.

The disassembled components of the ‘American auger’ machine reached the Chinyalisaur airport, more than 30 kilometers from the collapsed tunnel on the Char Dham pilgrimage route. The plan involves using the machine to excavate a passage through the debris, followed by the installation of mild steel pipes to create a clear passage for the workers to crawl to safety.

Despite a fresh landslide hindering rescue efforts after over 70 hours of relentless operations, the teams are persevering. The landslide forced the disassembly of the ‘American auger’ machine and a restart of the platform construction.

Dr Sudhir Krishna, a former secretary at the Union Urban Development Ministry, outlined challenges in the rescue operation, citing the soft rocks in the Himalayan region and issues like landslides and subsidence. Subsidence, the gradual settling of the Earth’s surface, poses additional challenges.

Dr Krishna emphasized the need for collaborative efforts between the state government, the central government, and experts to overcome the challenges. He questioned the urgency of the project, stating, “What is the great hurry? 50 minutes is not a long time.”

The under-construction tunnel is part of the Char Dham project, a national infrastructure initiative aiming to improve connectivity to Hindu pilgrimage sites, including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.

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