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Metro joins efforts to save Mahi

Leena Dhankhar & Sanjeev Ahuja, Hindustan Times  Manesar/Gurgaon, June 23, 2012
First Published: 14:03 IST(23/6/2012) | Last Updated: 02:09 IST(24/6/2012)

In the last leg of the marathon three-day operation to save four-year-old Mahi, the survey team of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) reached Manesar on Saturday to assist the army. The DMRC team is equipped with a GPS-based tracker system to help locate rocks that have slowed down drilling work.

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"We dispatched a three-men-strong survey team with sophisticated equipment used for large geographical surveys. The team would assist the rescue teams to locate coordinates of the stones and make a shorter passage to reach the girl," said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson. The team was sent after a request from Gurgaon district magistrate PC Meena. The administration has also sought the help of GMR, an infra major, with a horizontal sensor locator machine to locate the stones and the girl.

A Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon team had already been assisting the army. Till Saturday evening, the rescue workers were about two feet away from the girl.

The girl fell into the borewell at Kho village near IMT Manesar while playing with her friends on June 20, her fourth birthday. Suman Upadhayay, the victim's mother, was seeing off relatives outside her house when she saw her daughter slipping.

The ongoing operation were temporarily suspended on Saturday for about an hour between 3pm and 4 pm as the jawans drew a blank on the distance between them and the baby. The men are working inside a connecting tunnel dug between the borewell and a parallel pit. They were trying to remove rocks with the help of an electric hammer drill.

About 70 oxygen cylinders have been used in the operation till now to help the girl and the workers breathe inside the nearly 70-feet-deep pit. Two 100-feet pipes have been suspended in each pit.

Meanwhile, as the rescue team struggled to recover the girl after nearly 70 hours of the mishap, about 90 residents of Kho and surrounding villages organized a hawan and prayed for Mahi.

According to the Civil Surgeon (Gurgaon), Dr Parveen Garg, the temperature at 68-feet-deep pit was about 5 degree Celsius less than the surface but humidity was about 90%. Army jawans had to take turns to go down as they dehydrated frequently and could not stay there more than 15 minutes. A team of the Army Medical Core has also been deployed at the site.

'Stone over pit was removed'
Mahi's relatives on Saturday said that the stone put to cover the borewell had been removed only a couple of hours before the accident by an auto driver. The driver had brought home a music system for the four-year-old's birthday party and the chassis of his vehicle had hit the stone. Unaware of the fact that there was deep pit there, the driver had pushed the stone aside to free his vehicle. "Since it was dark, he could not see the pit. His vehicle hit the stone and stopped. He stepped down and moved it aside. He then moved a little further and parked his vehicle without realizing the fact that there was an open borewell very close to the auto," said Vikram Singh, the sarpanch of Kho village.

More than 70 hours but still no sign of her


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