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“Men are coming home for sure” say worldwide tunnel skilled Arnold Dix as Uttarkashi Tunnel rescue op continues

Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) [India], November 21 (ANI): International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association president Arnold Dix, who has been roped in as a part of the continuing rescue efforts on the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse web site, on Tuesday stated he was completely positive that the 41 trapped employees will come residence quickly.

Speaking to ANI, from the positioning of the tunnel Professor Dix stated the rescuers have a number of choices to convey residence the employees.

“I think the team here have done a wonderful job. It’s just fantastic. The 900 pipeline is one of the options. The 900 pipe which is there, which I’ve seen, and I’m going to go have another look at this morning. It’s by far the best and fastest means to get the men, but it has its technical difficulties and that’s why we’re doing multiple rescue missions,” Dix instructed ANI.

“We’ve got mission from the top, missions from the front, mission from the side. The men are coming home. We’re just not sure which door they’re going to use…Maybe that will work. We’re knocking on the top door. We’re knocking on all these doors. Which one opens? Not sure,” he added.

He stated two places have been recognized for the vertical drilling, and each are on the Silkyara facet of the high-altitude under-construction tunnel.

Professor Dix who is taken into account a number one skilled in underground tunnelling is assured that every one 41 employees shall be rescued.

” We’re going to rescue these men. When I arrived here, I said, there’s 41 men coming home and there’s no one else going to be hurt” Professor Dix stated.

“And everyone here from the government agencies, that’s what they’re working on. And I am absolutely convinced, and all the agencies are here, they’re working closely together and the mission is clear” Dix added.

Earlier at present, rescuers managed to insert an endoscopy digital camera into the tunnel and first visuals captured confirmed the 41 employees had ample house contained in the tunnel for them to maneuver about.

Visuals of employees trapped inside Uttarkashi’s Silkyara tunnel for the previous 10 days emerged on Tuesday morning, has given new hope to anxious family, a few of whom are tenting exterior the positioning of the collapsed tunnel construction.

“Of course, the news we’ve had over the last few hours, it’s great to see the faces of those men that we’re going to bring home. We’ve got, of course, better food going to them now. We’ve got communications going to them now. You’ll see this morning that we’ve got multiple approaches for the rescue. It’s a good morning when you are going to start the vertical drilling from the top height of the tunnel. So that will start once the site’s prepared,” Dix famous.

The collapse occurred on November 12 throughout the development of a tunnel from Silkyara to Barkot, trapping 41 labourers attributable to a muck fall in a 60-metre stretch on the Silkyara facet of the tunnel. The employees are believed to be trapped in a 2 km-built tunnel portion, which is full with concrete work that gives security to the employees. This portion of the tunnel has entry to electrical energy and water.

Multiple businesses are engaged on the rescue efforts with the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation restricted (NHIDCL) groups persevering with the drilling effort from the mouth of the tunnel. The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) is engaged on one other vertical pipeline for the availability of important gadgets.

The Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) has introduced a heavy drilling machine and is now on the tunnel web site to start the vertical drilling operation. (ANI)