In a serious improvement, the rescue officers – who had been working continuous to achieve the employees trapped inside a tunnel in Uttarakhand for the final 10 days – have managed to seize their photographs by an endoscopy digicam.
The endoscopy digicam was despatched contained in the tunnel by a six-inch pipe that was pushed by the rubble final night time to ship meals objects for the employees.
The rescue officers additionally spoke to some staff by Walkie Talkies or radio handsets. Within the video, the rescue officers are seen asking the employees to come back in entrance of the digicam.
“Aap digicam ke paas walkie talkie pe aake baat karein (are available entrance of the digicam and discuss to us by Walkie Talkie),” an official is heard asking them.
The rescuers had been despatched khichdi in glass bottles – their first sizzling meal in 10 days – by the pipe final night time. Earlier, solely dry fruits and water may very well be despatched in.
Rescue operation in-charge Colonel Deepak Patil stated the employees may even be despatched mobiles, and chargers by the pipe.
Over the previous week, repeated makes an attempt to rescue the employees had failed owing to a number of challenges, together with the topography and the character of rocks within the space.
The Centre has devised a five-option motion plan that contain drilling from three sides to entry the trapped staff. 5 completely different businesses have been tasked with finishing up every operation.
Two tunnels can be drilled horizontally from the suitable and left sides of the primary tunnel, whereas a vertical shaft can be drilled from the highest of the tunnel.
The round the clock rescue work is being carried out by a number of businesses, together with NDRF, SDRF, BRO, and the ITBP. A world tunnelling knowledgeable crew additionally arrived on the spot yesterday. A robotics crew from defence analysis group DRDO has additionally reached.
The 41 staff have been caught since final Sunday after a portion of the tunnel caved in. Officers stated that each one staff are protected and are being provided meals and water by metal pipes which have been drilled into the opening.
The under-construction tunnel is a part of the bold Char Dham venture, a nationwide infrastructure initiative to reinforce connectivity to the Hindu pilgrimage websites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.