8 days have passed since the tunnel accident
The lives of 41 laborers are at stake in the tunnel accident that occurred on Sunday in Silkyar of Uttarkashi district. Every possible effort is being made to evacuate the workers. Rescue is being carried out for the last 8 days. If there is any need for rescue, a team of experts from Norway and Thailand can also be called. The central government is fully prepared for this. Actually, 17 players of the under-16 football junior team were trapped in a tunnel in Thailand. They were taken out of the tunnel by the rescue team of Thailand and Norway in 2018.
Rescue work has stopped after 24 meters of drilling. Due to some problems, the rescue has to be stopped from time to time. From the state to the central government, the rescue is being monitored. Rescue teams are deployed to take out the workers. Today it has been 8 days since this accident. Let us know what happened in these 8 days.
Day 1: Tunnel Incident
On Sunday morning, at 6 am on the day of Diwali, debris came into the tunnel in Silkyara, Uttarkashi. 41 laborers working in the tunnel get trapped due to debris. The rescue operation to rescue them starts at 8 am on Sunday. The whole day the debris is taken out by the rescue team, but no success is achieved that day. The debris that was being taken out of the tunnel was coming back from above.
Second day: Contact with workers, CM Dhami reached
As soon as Monday starts, the relief news is that between 12 to 1 am in the night, the workers trapped in the tunnel are contacted through walkie-talkie. Officers heave a sigh of relief after contacting the workers. The workers say that he is safe. The officers also assure them that you will be taken out soon. Food items are sent to the workers through pipes. CM Pushkar Singh Dhami reached the spot on the second day of the incident. All the rescue teams again try to remove the debris, but this time too the teams again fail to remove the debris. Uttarakhand’s Disaster Secretary Ranjit Sinha reaches the spot and holds a meeting with the SDRF, NDRF and NHIDL officials gathered there and asks them to clear the debris with the Earth Auger machine and make a new tunnel. The work is started with Earth Agar Machine. The hope remains that now the workers will be taken out from the mile steel pipe by drilling through this machine.
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Day 3: Rescue with Earth Auger Machine
On Tuesday, the third day of the incident, the work of making a second tunnel in the debris of the tunnel by drilling with earth auger machine starts, but even the earth auger machine is not able to do its work. Now a new challenge arises before the rescue team. Time was increasing to rescue the workers trapped in the tunnel, and the rescue challenges facing the government were increasing. Then a new plan is prepared, which is executed the next day.
Day 4: American Earth Auger machine was brought via planes
On Wednesday, the fourth day of the incident, the American Earth Auger machine made with modern technology is brought to the Chillalysand airstrip with the help of three Hercules aircraft of the Air Force. The installation work begins by taking this American Earth Auger machine to the site from the airstrip. It takes a whole day to take it from there to the tunnel and then another hope arises that now this rescue will be completed soon.
Fifth day: Fellow workers get angry, Union Minister of State arrives
When 5 days have passed since the incident, the worry increases not only for the workers trapped inside but also for their colleagues outside. The workers’ colleagues get angry. The workers’ companions jostle with the police and officials at the tunnel and accuse them of negligence in delaying the rescue operation. They are barely explained to them by the officials and assurances are given that they will soon evacuate their fellow workers. On the same day, Union Minister of State VK Singh and Director General of Police, Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar reach the spot. He takes stock of the rescue work. While talking to the media, Ashok Kumar says that it may take two days to complete this operation.
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Day 6: American Earth auger machine fails, auger machine air lift from Indore.
Even after 6 days of the incident, there is a hope that the rescue will be completed with the American Earth Agar Machine, but suddenly the machine starts vibrating. Drill work stops on Friday evening. Stopping of rescue increases the tension of the teams present there. Once again a new plan is made. When the American Earth Agar machine stops working, then another machine is airlifted from Indore.
Seventh day: Workers again get angry and PMO officials arrive.
The amount of debris in the tunnel was continuously increasing. Once again fellow workers get angry. They surround the MD of Navayuga company which was doing the work of building the tunnel. Angry workers are once again pacified by giving assurance. On the same day, PMO officials reach the spot. Senior PMO official Bhaskar Khulbe prepares a new plan with the rescue teams to evacuate the workers. On behalf of PMO, ONGC, RVNL Jal Vikas Nigam Limited, Borders Road Organization, State PWD and NHIDCL along with NDRF, SDRF, local police administration, district administration are also involved in this entire rescue.
Day 8: 41 lives in confusion
Today on Sunday, the 8th day of the incident has started, but till now 41 lives are fighting the battle between life and death. Now people have only one question that by when will the workers trapped in the tunnel be brought out. No one has the answer to this. It has been 2 days since the rescue was stopped due to a fault in the machine. The machine airlifted from Indore has been installed. Now the rescue work will be started again soon. PMO said that other rescue plans are also being executed, which include rescue at Barkot site, vertical way i.e. on top of the mountain and perpendicular way.
From the PM to the CM of the state, everyone is worried about this rescue, and is taking moment-to-moment updates from the officials. The Center and the State are always ready to provide whatever equipment is needed for rescue. Food items are being sent to the workers already trapped inside the tunnel. A 6-inch pipe is also being laid so that more food items can be sent. This pipe has been drilled up to 35 meters.
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