Uttarkashi, November 19 (Language) On Sunday, the eighth day after the collapse of a part of the Silkyara tunnel, the efforts to rescue 41 workers trapped in it have gained momentum, under which the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started ‘vertical drilling’ from the top of the tunnel. Is busy making way for.
Work began on Saturday evening on the option of ‘vertical drilling’ to reach workers stranded for the last seven days following the collapse of a portion of the under-construction Silkyara Tunnel on the Yamunotri National Highway.
An official present at the spot said that it is expected that the path being built by BRO will be ready by afternoon so that ‘vertical drilling’ can be started after reaching the machines to the marked point above the tunnel.
Many officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and experts from India and abroad, who reached the spot on Saturday, are stationed in Silkyara to monitor the rescue operations being carried out to bring out the trapped workers safely.
After the schemes being implemented for the last one week did not yield the desired results, on Saturday, senior officials and experts, including Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Mangesh Ghildiyal and former advisor to the Prime Minister Bhaskar Khulbe, had decided to work together on five schemes.
Khulbe told reporters that these five plans include drilling from both the Silkyara and Barkot ends of the tunnel, besides drilling vertically from the top of the tunnel and drilling from the left and right of the tunnel.
On the morning of Diwali on November 12, a part of the tunnel collapsed and since then 41 workers are trapped inside it.
The drilling work being done with the American auger machine has come to a standstill since Friday afternoon due to technical hurdles in the plan to make an ‘escape route’ by piercing the tunnel debris and inserting several steel pipes to evacuate the workers.
According to information received from the control room established on the spot, large diameter pipes have been laid to supply adequate food and other essential items to the stranded workers.
Khulbe said that with concerted efforts, good results can be achieved in four-five days or even earlier.
National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Satluj Hydropower Corporation, THDC India and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited have each been assigned the responsibility of working on one option each.
BRO and construction units of the Indian Army will also assist in the rescue operation.
Sources said that NHIDCL Managing Director Mahmood Ahmed has been given the responsibility of coordination with all the central agencies and he will remain in Silkyara.
Secretary Neeraj Khairwal has been made the nodal officer for coordination on behalf of the Uttarakhand government.
Sources said that all the concerned agencies have deployed their senior officers at the spot and the government has given them clear instructions to make best efforts for the rescue operation.
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