A multi-agency operation is being carried out to rescue 40 staff trapped inside a tunnel in Uttarakhand since yesterday morning.
An under-construction tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri Nationwide Freeway in Uttarkashi district partially collapsed at round 5 am yesterday, leaving 40 staff trapped inside.
The rescue operations are being carried out by the Nationwide Catastrophe Response Drive (NDRF), State Catastrophe Reduction Drive (SDRF) and the police.
A senior official informed NDTV that every one 40 staff are protected and are being equipped meals and oxygen via water pipelines. “Everyone seems to be protected, we’re in fixed contact with the trapped staff,” mentioned Prashant Kumar, Circle Officer, Uttarkashi.
Mr Kumar mentioned that communication has been established with the trapped staff they usually have been despatched water and meals gadgets.
He mentioned that 20 metres of the slab has been eliminated to this point to open the tunnel and put together an escape passage for the employees, and round 35 metres are nonetheless to be coated. “The staff is eradicating the particles utilizing excavators and different heavy machines,” Mr Kumar mentioned.
Images and movies confirmed large piles of concrete blocking the vast tunnel, with twisted metallic bars on its damaged roof poking down in entrance of the rubble.
The tunnel is supposed to attach Silkyara to Dandalgaon in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi. It’s being constructed underneath the Char Dham Street Venture and goals to scale back the journey from Uttarkashi to Yamunotri Dham by 26 kilometres.
The employees trapped contained in the tunnel are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, officers mentioned.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami right now visited the location and reviewed the continued rescue operation. “NDRF and SDRF are on the spot. We pray to God for the protected return of all people. We hope they are going to be rescued quickly,” Mr Dhami mentioned.