Sulkiara-Birkot tunnel accident: It may take two more days to evacuate trapped workers.

Rescue operations were intensified on Monday to rescue 40 laborers trapped inside the under-construction Sulkiara-Barkot tunnel on the Yamunotri National Highway in Uttarakhand after a section collapsed. Officials have said it may take a day or two to evacuate the workers. According to officials, all the workers trapped in the tunnel for more than 36 hours are safe and communication has been established. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited the accident site and inspected the ongoing rescue and relief operations on war footing. Immediately after the incident on Sunday morning, oxygen was being provided to the trapped workers, while drinking water and food packets were also pressurized with the help of compressors when the workers were contacted after midnight on Sunday. They are being sent. pipeline..

Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Kumar Sinha, who reached the spot, said that the workers trapped in the tunnel could be brought out by Tuesday night or by Wednesday. Efforts are being made to stabilize the loose debris that is constantly falling on the spot. Attempts are being made to stabilize the loose debris obstructing the rescue operation by spraying concrete and inserting large diameter steel pipes through a ‘shot crate’ process to extricate the trapped workers. “About 15-20 meters of debris has been removed so far and the process is going on,” Sinha told reporters in Sulkiara. We are asking for a two-and-a-half-feet diameter steel pipe which will be bored into the debris and bring out the people,” he said. will take Or the day after tomorrow.”

He said that oxygen, food items and drinking water are being provided to the trapped workers and there is no problem. These steel pipes have been sent to the site from Haridwar, while a team of five expert engineers from the Irrigation Department has also been asked to reach Sulkiara from Dehradun to install them. Police Area Officer Prashant Kumar Singh said that the first contact with the stranded laborers was made after midnight on Sunday through walkie-talkie. National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) director Anshu Manish Khalku said that contact has been made with the workers several times. He said that the rescue workers, who were working day and night to save the workers, also sent dry fruits to them through pipes.

“We are working on all options to evacuate the workers quickly and safely. We have plan A, plan B and plan C ready and we are proceeding as required,” Khaliku said in Dehradun. According to an ongoing press release, 40 people were trapped in the Silkiara-Birkot tunnel under construction between Dharsu and Barkot, 270 km from Silkiara. 40 people were trapped in a 30 meter area. Out of the total length of 4531 meters, 2340 meters of the tunnel. Part is from Sulkiara and 1600 meters from Brikot.A technical committee formed under the leadership of Uttarakhand Landslide Mitigation and Management Center also inspected the accident site to investigate the causes of the incident.

According to the list available by the Uttarkashi District Emergency Operations Center, 15 workers trapped in the tunnel belong to Jharkhand, eight from Uttar Pradesh, five from Odisha, four from Bihar, three from West Bengal, two each from Uttarakhand and Assam. One from Himachal Pradesh. After inspecting the accident site, Chief Minister Dhami told reporters that all possible efforts are being made to evacuate all the people trapped in the tunnel safely. “Our first priority is to safely evacuate the workers trapped in the tunnel,” he said. He said that the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Railway Minister have also spoken to him about the entire incident and assured him of all possible help.

The Chief Minister expressed the belief that the rescue work going on in the tunnel will be completed soon and all the 40 people trapped there will be taken out safely. Police, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, Fire Brigade, Emergency 108 and employees of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Tunnel Construction Organization, Border Roads Organization and Indo-Tibet. The Border Police was involved in its removal. Debris and tunnel opening work is busy.

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