Uttarkashi tunnel disaster: Rescue workers connect with stranded workers, provide food and water

Rescue workers worked through the night to clear the debris and finally managed to make contact with the 40 workers who were trapped for more than 24 hours after a section of the Sulkiara-Dandalgaon tunnel collapsed. Food and water are now being provided to these laborers trapped in the tunnel under construction on the Brahmakhal-Yumnotri National Highway. According to the information received from the police control room located in Sulkiara, the people trapped in the tunnel were contacted through walkie-talkie and all the workers are safe. According to the control room, food has been demanded by the trapped people and food packets are being sent to them through pipes. The workers are currently 60 meters apart. Oxygen is being supplied through a pipeline laid for water in the tunnel.

Through this pipeline, food packets are being sent to the workers by creating pressure with the help of a compressor. This pipeline is proving to be very helpful in relief and rescue operations. Workers are being connected through this pipeline. A slip written on paper was first sent through the pipeline to convey a message to the workers trapped in the tunnel. Messages are now being exchanged through pipes at the crash site. The Uttarkashi District Emergency Operations Center said that the work of removing the water-logged debris with the help of big excavators is continuing to evacuate the laborers trapped in the under-construction tunnel. 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.

Relief and rescue operations are ongoing 24 hours a day. Jal Sansthan executive engineer-in-charge Diwakar Dingwal, who supervised the work on Sunday’s night shift, said on coming out of the tunnel early in the morning that the debris was being removed quickly. He said that efforts were made several times during the night to contact the trapped workers and provide them with food and oxygen. A section of an under-construction tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yumnotri National Highway in Uttarkashi district suddenly collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping 40 laborers. The collapsed part of the tunnel is about 200 meters from the mouth of the tunnel. According to Naveg Engineering Limited, which is constructing the tunnel, the trapped workers hail from Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

After the completion of the construction work of this four and a half km long tunnel being built under the all-weather Char Dham Road Project, the journey from Uttarkashi to Yamunotri Dham will be reduced by 26 km. In Dehradun, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that he was in constant touch with the authorities after receiving the information about the incident. Dhami said he prays to God that everyone comes out safely soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called the Chief Minister to inquire about the incident and assured him of all possible help. Dhami said that as soon as he returned from Lepcha in Himachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister called him and took detailed information about the condition of the workers trapped in the tunnel and the relief and rescue operations. He said, “The Prime Minister was given detailed information about the ongoing rescue operations to evacuate the workers safely and was apprised of the situation.”Dhami said that the Prime Minister has assured all possible help to deal with the accident. He said that the Government of India has directed the central agencies to cooperate in relief and rescue operations.

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