Uttarkashi tunnel: International tunnel expert Arnold Dix is optimistic about rescue

The rescue operation suffered a setback when a US-made auger machine deployed to clear a fault partially collapsed during the positioning of the fifth pipe. The 4531 meter Silkyara Tunnel, an integral part of the Chardham Project by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, connects the Gangotri and Yamunotri axis under the Radi Pass area.

Following the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse, where 40 workers are trapped since November 12, an important decision was taken to airlift essential machinery and resources from across the country to expedite rescue efforts in the Silkyara Tunnel.

International tunneling expert Arnold Dix is optimistic, saying, “We’re going to get those people out. There’s a lot of good work being done here. Our whole team is here, and we’ll find a solution and get them out. A lot of work.” It is being done here.

It is important that not only the men rescued but also the men being rescued remain safe. The whole world is helping. The team here is fantastic. The plans look great. The work is very organized. Food and medicine are being provided properly.

Revealing the plan, SJVN General Manager Jaswant Kapoor said machinery for vertical drilling is being awaited in Uttarakhand rescue efforts.

Addressing journalists on November 19, Nitin Gadkari emphasizes, “Our priority is to save the 41 lives trapped inside the tunnel. We will send essential items to them through this pipeline.”

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters, “Officials are considering optical fiber connection through this pipeline. This could put a camera or phone connection in the tunnel, which will facilitate communication between the stranded workers and their families.” “

In Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, ongoing rescue operations are underway to reach 41 workers trapped after the Silkyara tunnel collapse. Officials hope to complete a second 6-inch pipeline to deliver cooked food, with 42 meters of the estimated 60 meters already in place, said Bhaskar Khulbe, officer on special duty for the tunnel project.

Amid the ongoing crisis at the Uttarkashi tunnel, a priest is offering prayers at a temporary temple set up near the entrance of the tunnel. The site has become a symbol of hope and solace as 41 workers are trapped inside since November 12. The religious sentiment reflects the collective concern of the community and demands divine intervention for the safe rescue of those trapped in the collapsed tunnel.