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Rescue operations at full swing, dedicated to saving lives of employees in Uttarkashi tunnel collapse, says authorities

Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand) [India], November 20 (ANI): The authorities mentioned on Monday that rescue operations are persevering with in full swing to avoid wasting the 41 trapped employees at Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi and fixed communication is being maintained with efforts to maintain up the morale of the employees trapped within the two km-built tunnel portion.

A Ministry of Road Transport and Highways launch mentioned that electrical energy and water can be found on this portion of the tunnel and employees are offered meals gadgets and medicines by 4-inch compressor pipeline.

“Today, a major breakthrough has been achieved when National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) completed drilling of another six-inches diameter pipeline for supply of food, medicines and other essential items,” the discharge mentioned.

“Rescue operations continue in full swing to save the 41 trapped workers at Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi. Committed to saving precious lives of all the workers, the Government is keeping constant communication and making all efforts to keep up the morale of the workers trapped in the 2 km-built tunnel portion. This two-km portion of tunnel is complete including concrete work that provides safety to the workers,” it added.

The launch mentioned Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) is engaged on one other vertical pipeline for the availability of important gadgets.

It mentioned numerous authorities businesses have been concerned within the rescue operation and have been assigned particular duties.

“These agencies are working tirelessly for the safe evacuation of the workers,” the discharge mentioned.

Referring to operations for the rescue of labourers, the discharge mentioned that horizontal boring by NHIDCL from Silkyara finish for the rescue of employees by Augur boring machine is scheduled to recommence Monday night.

It mentioned the primary machine of SJVNL for the development of the vertical rescue tunnel has already reached the tunnel website and operations are being commenced post-completion of the entry street by the Border Roads Organisation.

Two different machines are being introduced for the vertical tunnel building from Gujarat and Odisha by the street. Work on the development of a rescue tunnel of 480 metres from Barkot finish by Tehri Hydroelectric Development Corporation has commenced.

The launch mentioned that equipment for micro-tunneling by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited by horizontal drilling for the rescue of labourers is being transported from Nashik and Delhi.

Machinery for vertical boring are being mobilized by ONGC from USA, MumbaiGhaziabad.

The launch mentioned that BRO has finished commendable work and the method street for vertical drilling of RVNL and SJVNL has been constructed inside 48 hours. Work is constant for the method street for ONGC additionally.

It was reported on November 12 {that a} collapse occurred in underneath under-construction tunnel from Silkyara to Barkot as a result of falling of muck within the 60-meter stretch within the Silkyara facet of tunnel. After the incident, the Uttarakhand Government and the Centre mobilised sources instantly for the rescue of the 41 trapped labourers.

The launch mentioned it was determined to put a 900 mm pipe by the muck because it was the most effective and quickest doable answer as per the specialists’ recommendation.

However, on November 17, due to floor motion, it grew to become unsafe to proceed with this selection with out securing the construction. Considering the lives concerned, it was determined to maneuver on all doable fronts collectively in order that the employees will be rescued as early as doable.

The space during which the employees are trapped is 8.5 metres excessive and a couple of km lengthy. “This is the built up portion of the tunnel where concreting work has been done providing safety to the labourers. Electricity and water are also available in this portion of the tunnel,” the discharge saidFive choices have been determined and 5 totally different businesses have been detailed to hold out these choices.

The launch mentioned that NHIDCL will proceed to drill from Silkyara finish after working security preparations. To facilitate this Army has ready the field culvert. A cover framework is being made to make sure employees’ security.

Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) is implementing vertical drilling to rescue the trapped labourers. Accordingly, tools has been mobilized from Gujarat and Odisha by Railways as being 75-tonne tools it couldn’t be airlifted. ONGC, having experience in deep drilling, had additionally began preliminary work for vertical drilling from Barkot finish. (ANI)