Six days have passed since the tunnel sunk in Uttarakhand. Even today, on the seventh day, 40 people trapped in the accident have not been rescued. Rescue teams are making continuous efforts. For this, machines have also been imported from abroad. NDRF-SDRF teams are also running rescue operations on war footing.
The rescue operation going on in Silkyara Tunnel of Uttarakhand suffered a major setback on Friday.
The rescue operation going on in the Silkyara tunnel suffered a major setback on Friday, when the American auger machine broke down midway. Due to damaged bearing of the machine, it could not move forward. Actually, on Friday, after drilling about 25 meters, the machine collided with some metallic object below due to which a very loud sound was made.
After this, the rescue operation was stopped after 2:45 pm because the American auger machine was rising upwards again and again. Then the work was stopped and the machine was installed on the platform through anchor. After this, the rescue team officials called a meeting of experts.
At present another machine is being airlifted from Indore. According to NHIDCL Director Anshu Manish Khalko, efforts are being made to cut the metal parts using a gas cutter. The drilling work has been stopped for the time being.
Let us tell you that this accident happened on November 12 at around 5 am. At that time 40 laborers were working in the tunnel. The workers trapped in the tunnel are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
The tunnel is being built between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on Brahmakhal and Yamunotri National Highway. Its length will be about four and a half kilometers. After the construction of the tunnel, the distance from Uttarkashi to Yamunotri will be reduced by about 26 kilometers. The cost of the tunnel is approximately Rs 850 crore and the target is to complete its work by March 2024.
PMO, Home Ministry and Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami are keeping an eye on the rescue operation of this entire accident. A 6-member committee of the Uttarakhand government has started its investigation.