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Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue: Progress Update – Manual Drilling at 55m Complete, Breakthrough Expected by 5 PM

Rat-hole mining specialists, facing challenges with a stuck auger machine, have achieved a breakthrough by completing 55 meters of manual drilling. Simultaneously, vertical drilling from above has reached a depth of 36 meters out of the required 86 meters.

By Rekha Joshi 
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In the ongoing efforts to rescue 41 workers trapped in the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, significant progress has been made with a manual drilling approach. Rat-hole mining specialists, facing challenges with a stuck auger machine, have achieved a breakthrough by completing 55 meters of manual drilling. Simultaneously, vertical drilling from above has reached a depth of 36 meters out of the required 86 meters.

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Manual Drilling Breakthrough

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Rat-hole mining experts are engaged in horizontal drilling through the final stretch of debris, completing 55 meters manually.
A major breakthrough in the rescue operation is expected by 5 PM today, with just a few meters of manual drilling remaining.

Vertical Drilling Progress

Vertical drilling, initiated on Sunday, has reached a depth of 36 meters out of the required 86 meters.
The vertical drilling is part of the strategy to create a one-meter-wide shaft for extracting trapped workers once it penetrates the tunnel.

Auger Machine Successfully Removed

As of Monday evening, the remaining portion of the stuck auger machine was cut out piece by piece.
A steel pipe was inserted into the partially completed escape passage, indicating progress in resolving the auger machine issue.

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Secondary Probe for Supply Line

An eight-inch wide shaft drilled from a nearby point has reached approximately 75 meters down.
This secondary probe is expected to serve as a supply line for the trapped workers, with no significant geological obstacles reported so far.

CM Dhami’s Interaction with PM Modi

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami provided an update to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assuring that manual digging work has commenced and 52 meters of pipe has been pushed so far.

Continuous efforts are being made to evacuate workers, ensuring their health, communication with doctors, and regular supply of quality food.

Preparations for Evacuation

Chief Minister Dhami informed PM Modi about the completion of preparations for the evacuation of stranded workers.
SDRF, NDRF, and doctor’s teams are deployed on the spot, and all officers are on alert 24 hours for the upcoming phase of the operation.

The collaborative efforts involving manual drilling, vertical drilling, and strategic planning aim to ensure the safe and swift evacuation of the trapped workers in the Silkyara tunnel.

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