In a significant development in the ongoing rescue operations at Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarakhand, where 41 laborers have been trapped for over a week, a six-inch alternative lifeline pipe has been installed at the site. After this success, rescue workers have started efforts to provide hot food to the stranded workers.
Cook Hemant, who is responsible for preparing food for the stranded workers, told news agency ANI, “This food will be sent inside the tunnel. This is the first time that hot food is being sent. We are sending khichdi. We are just sending Making preparations.” “The food that has been recommended to us.”
Cook Ravi Roy told about the food items sent to 41 workers, “Today Khichdi is being sent for them, orange, apple and sweet lemon juice has also been sent. Porridge and other food items will be sent from tomorrow.” ‘.”
On November 12, workers were trapped 60 meters towards Silkyara when an under-construction tunnel collapsed. The newly installed lifeline pipe extends 2 km into the collapsed structure, providing a means of sending essential items like food, mobiles and chargers to those trapped inside.
“We are bringing wide-mouth plastic cylindrical bottles so that we can send bananas, apples, khichdi and porridge,” Colonel Deepak Patil, in-charge of the rescue operation, was quoted by ANI as saying.
Security staff personnel Nipu Kumar told ANI that a walkie-talkie was sent inside the tunnel to establish communication.
Earlier in the day, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) Director Anshu Manish Khulko shared positive news about the success, noting an atmosphere of joy among the stranded labourers. “Now that we have established an alternative lifeline, we will move forward with full force,” he said, expressing confidence.
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Work is being done on war footing to evacuate all workers safely: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami
Emphasizing the evacuation efforts, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami wrote, “As part of the ongoing rescue operation to save workers trapped inside the under-construction tunnel at Silkyara in Uttarkashi, a 6-inch diameter pipeline has been successfully laid across the debris. Now through this, food items, medicines and other items can be easily supplied to the workers as per their requirement. Central agencies engaged in rescue work, SDRF and state administration teams are working continuously. To evacuate all of us Working on war footing. Workers are safe.”
Additionally, two robotics machines weighing 20 kg and 50 kg from the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) reached the site. When an attempt was made to use DRDO’s robotics machine inside the tunnel, Khulko said, “The level and debris inside (the tunnel) is very loose, so it did not succeed there,” ANI reported.
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