Rescue Efforts Intensify for 41 Trapped Workers in Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse
Today marked a significant development as Arnold Dix, President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, arrived at the site in Silkyara, Uttarkashi, to contribute his expertise to the ongoing rescue operations. Professor Dix, renowned as the world’s leading expert on underground tunnelling, conducted a thorough inspection of the tunnel site and engaged with agencies involved in the rescue efforts.
Expressing confidence in the coordinated plans, Professor Dix stated, “We are going to get those men out. Great work is being done here. Our whole team is here, and we are going to find a solution and get them out.”
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Government, in constant communication with the center, is working diligently to maintain the morale of the trapped laborers. The 2 km built tunnel portion where the workers are stranded is equipped with electricity and water. Food supplies, including channa, murmure, dry fruits, and medicines, are provided through a 4-inch compressor pipeline, with additional efforts underway to establish a 6-inch pipeline for food.
Various agencies, including the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Tehri Hydroelectric Development Corporation (THDC), and Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL), are collaborating on multiple fronts to expedite the rescue mission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, discussed the ongoing rescue operations and the multi-pronged approach being undertaken. The collapse, initially caused by muck falling in a 60-meter stretch, prompted a swift response, with five options explored and corresponding agencies mobilized.
As the nation holds its breath, locals and relatives of the trapped workers gather at a temple near the tunnel entrance, offering prayers for the success of the ongoing rescue operations. The situation remains dynamic, with authorities and experts working tirelessly to bring the trapped workers to safety.