- A section of the under-construction Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi collapsed and was trapped under debris.
- The number of workers has increased from 40 to 41
- According to the information received from the emergency control room, the drilling work in the tunnel is currently stopped
A new update has emerged regarding the workers trapped under the debris after a part of the under-construction Silkyara Tunnel collapsed in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi. Till now there was news that 150 workers were trapped inside the tunnel for 40 hours, but now a new information has come out officially. In fact, the number of workers trapped inside the under-construction Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district has increased from 40 to 41 after a section collapsed.
Drilling work in the tunnel is currently stopped
This information comes from the latest list of 41 workers trapped in the tunnel released by the Uttarkashi District Emergency Operation Centre. Rescue operations have been going on war footing for the past one week to save the workers. But on the sixth day of the operation, the construction company came to know that Deepak Kumar Patel, a resident of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, was among the workers trapped in the tunnel being constructed on the Yamunotri National Highway. Including Deepak Kumar Patel, the number of workers from Bihar trapped in the tunnel has risen to five and the total to 41.
Rescue operation is going on on war footing
Meanwhile, 41 workers trapped in the under-construction Silkyara tunnel for the last six days are awaited for rescue as debris obstructed work to reach the workers. According to the information received from the Uttarkashi District Emergency Control Room on Saturday morning, the drilling work in the tunnel is currently stopped.
The number of workers from Bihar has increased to five and the total number is 41
Another heavy and powerful auger machine is awaited from Indore. The machine has reached the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun from where it is being trucked to Silkyara. Earlier, an American auger machine was brought from Delhi to drive debris into the tunnel, which by Friday afternoon had drilled 22 meters and laid four pipes. However, later the drilling work was stopped.
Continuous communication is going on with the workers
The plan is to drill a path through the rubble and lay six meters long pipes of 900 mm large diameter in a row so that a path is made from one side of the rubble to the other and the workers can get out of it. Meanwhile, the officials said that the workers trapped in the tunnel are being given food continuously. They are being continuously supplied with oxygen, electricity, medicines and water through pipes. Continuous communication is going on with the workers and from time to time their families are also spoken to.