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Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Highlights: New strategy to rescue trapped workers

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Highlights: The 41 workers remain trapped as rescue operations were halted once again due to technical snag.
Uttarkashi: Rescue efforts continue in Uttarakhand as 41 workers remain trapped inside the rubble of the collapse tunnel (PTI)
Uttarkashi: Rescue efforts continue in Uttarakhand as 41 workers remain trapped inside the rubble of the collapse tunnel (PTI)

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Highlights: Despite authorities showing confidence that the rescue operations will conclude by the evening of November 24, the attempts to rescue the trapped 41 workers in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi continue after the drilling machine hit another snag late on Friday night. Agencies such as NDRF, SDRF, BRO, NHIDCL, and ITBP have joined forces to conduct the rescue operations for the trapped workers, and an American auger machine is being used to drill a tunnel into the rubble to rescue the men eventually. Meanwhile, food, drinks and medical supplies are being given to the workers through the 6-inch pipe drilled into the collapsed tunnel....Read More

  • The drilling by an American-made auger machine was halted Friday night after it hit another technical snag. there is currently no timeline as to when the workers will be rescued.
  • Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered agencies to conduct the last phase of the rescue operations at a fast pace, since workers have been trapped in the rubble since November 12.
  • The rescuers have decided to put a pipe inside the drilled portion of the rubble. Till now, around 46 metres of steel pipe has been put in to serve as a passageway.
  • The NDRF workers have planned to bring out the trapped workers through wheeled stretchers one by one, and demonstrated the technique on video as well.

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Nov 25, 2023 10:47 PM IST

PM Modi taking daily updates on operation to rescue workers trapped in tunnel: Uttarakhand CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking daily updates about a rescue operation launched in Uttarakhand to safely take out 41 labourers trapped inside an under-construction tunnel, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Saturday.

"He (Modi) assured that the Centre and the state government are working jointly for a safe rescue of all the labourers," a statement issued by the Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha quoted Dhami as saying in a video message at an event organised here to mark "Shatabdi Varsh Samaroh".

Nov 25, 2023 10:21 PM IST

CPI MP writes to PM Modi, expresses concern over 41 workers trapped in Uttarkashi tunnel

Communist Party of India MP Binoy Viswam has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the collapse of the under-construction Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in which 41 workers are trapped and said development activities in the Himalayan ecosystem should be undertaken after careful study of the region.

"The concerning developments from the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand have worried the entire country. The incident of the collapse of the under-construction Silkyara-Barkot tunnel and 41 workers being trapped inside have shaken the nation. It's been two weeks since the workers are trapped inside and reports suggest that it may take a few more days to complete the rescue operation," the letter said.

Nov 25, 2023 9:36 PM IST

Mobile phones, board games given to trapped workers to alleviate stress

With the rescue operations at Silkyara tunnel facing hurdles, the authorities here have given mobile phones and board games to the 41 trapped workers to alleviate their stress, an official said on Saturday.

"The mobile phones have been given so that the workers can play video games. Board games like ludo, and snakes and ladders have also been provided to them," an official said.

Nov 25, 2023 9:02 PM IST

Landline facility set up for trapped workers

In a bid to keep the 41 trapped workers connected with their family members, a landline facility has been set up at the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, officials said on Saturday.

The telephone facility has been set up 200 metre away from the collapsed tunnel site by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to enable the trapped workers connected with their family members.

Nov 25, 2023 8:21 PM IST

Assam: Family members pray for rescue of labourers trapped in Uttarakhand tunnel

With prayers on their lips, family members of two Assam labourers who were trapped inside the collapsed under-construction tunnel in Uttarakhand for 14 days, are waiting for their rescue.

Hailing from Ramfalbil village in Kokrajhar district, 40-year-old Ramprasad Narzary and Sanjay Basumatary, 35, had gone there in May.

''We can only hope and pray that all are rescued soon and they return to their respective homes,'' said Basumatary's father Dhiren Basumatary.

Nov 25, 2023 7:41 PM IST

Auger drill stuck in rubble, Silkyara tunnel rescue may take several weeks more

Officials are now shifting focus to two alternatives --- manual drilling through the remaining 10 or 12 metre stretch of the rubble or drilling down 86 metres from above.

Advising patience, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain said in Delhi “This operation could take a long time.” At the disaster site, international tunneling advisor Arnold Dix repeated his promise of getting the workers out “by Christmas”.

Nov 25, 2023 7:25 PM IST

‘No movement in last 24 hours’: Officials after Auger machine 'finished'

ational Disaster Management Authority Member, Lt General (Rtd) Syed Ata Hasnain on Saturday said that there has been no movement in the last 24 hours in the drilling work to rescue the 41 workers trapped in the Uttarkashi tunnel for 13 days.

"The current update is that (in) the last 24 hours, there hasn't been any movement within this bore tunnel that was being made for the rescue. Because...the Auger machine itself has had a bit of an accident. A portion of it (has actually) broken, and that broken portion has to be pulled out (of the escape pipe)," Hasnain told ANI.

Nov 25, 2023 7:05 PM IST

CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam writes to PM Modi regarding the collapse of tunnel

CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the collapse of the under-construction Silkyara-Barkot tunnel and 41 workers being trapped inside. The CPI MP urged the Prime Minister to ensure developmental activities are undertaken keeping in mind the Himalayan ecosystem without harming nature and to ensure social security to workers from marginalised backgrounds who are at the forefront of these developmental activities.

Nov 25, 2023 6:35 PM IST

Rescue operation to take time to bring out workers trapped in Silkyara tunnel: NDMA

Briefing the media on the progress of rescue operations, NDMA member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain said that "it will take time" to bring out the trapped workers as everything has to be done with utmost care.

Nov 25, 2023 5:46 PM IST

Landline facility being made available to trapped workers: BSNL employee

Kundan, an employee of BSNL says, "On the instructions of the government, a landline facility is being made available here. Efforts are underway to lay wires for that purpose. The landline (phone) will be sent to the workers trapped inside so that they can speak with their family members..."

Nov 25, 2023 5:39 PM IST

Dhami holds a high-level meet with agencies and officials

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami held a high-level meeting with all the agencies and officials of the state administration engaged in the ongoing rescue operation to rescue the workers trapped in the tunnel under construction in Silkyara, Uttarkashi. In the meeting, CM said that getting the workers out safely is our top priority: CMO

Nov 25, 2023 5:25 PM IST

A part of the vertical drilling machine taken to the top of Silkyara Tunnel

Nov 25, 2023 5:11 PM IST

Uttarakhand CM Dhami takes stock of the Silkyara tunnel rescue operation

Nov 25, 2023 4:48 PM IST

We have to go manually now: NHAI

Vishal Chauhan, Member, NHAI said, "As we have reached 47 meters. We now have to go 12-15 meters more. It could be 10, 12 or 14 meters, that we have to go manually now...The environment impact assessment of this project has also been done. There are several things that cannot be predicted but our first priority is to rescue the workers..."

Nov 25, 2023 4:42 PM IST

I'm confident that they'll be home in time for Christmas: Arnold Dix

Nov 25, 2023 4:03 PM IST

Local residents praying to their deity for early rescue of trapped workers

Residents of nearby villages are praying to the local deity, Baba Boukhnag, for the early release of the workers trapped inside for the tunnel. Talking to PTI, many local residents said they offer prayers daily for the wellbeing and safe rescue of the workers.

Rajesh Rawat, a resident of Bhramkhaal village, about 10 km from the tunnel, said he and his family members are praying to Baba Boukhnag daily.

According to local residents, Boukhnag deity is considered the protector of the area.

Nov 25, 2023 3:39 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Confident that workers are coming home safe by Christmas, says Arnold Dix

“We are looking at multiple options, but with each option, we are considering how do we make sure that 41 men come home safe and we don't hurt anyone...The mountain has again resisted the auger, so we are rethinking our approach...I am confident that the 41 men are coming home by Christmas...I have always promised that the workers will be home by Christmas," said Arnold Dix, an international tunneling expert who is involved in the rescue operations.

Nov 25, 2023 3:17 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Impatience growing among trapped men, kin

"He looked very stressed and impatient and kept asking us when would they come out," Sunita, whose brother-in-law Virender is among the 41 workers trapped inside the collapsed tunnel in Silkyara here for the past 13 days, said to news agency PTI on Saturday.

Nov 25, 2023 2:36 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Arnold Dix sheds hope amid delay in rescue

International tunnel expert Arnold Dix said on Saturday that there were multiple ways to rescue the trapped workers. "There are multiple ways. It's not just one way. At the moment, everything is fine. You will not see the augering anymore. Auger's work is finished. The auger (machine) has broken. It's irreparable. It is disrupted. No more work from Auger. No more drilling from the Auger. There will not be a new auger," International Tunnelling Expert Arnold Dix said.

Nov 25, 2023 1:55 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: CM Dhami takes stock of situation

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami left the Sikyara tunnel collapse site after taking stock of the situation, right after the vertical drilling machine arrived on site.

Nov 25, 2023 1:34 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Auger beyond repair

The American auger machine is now beyond repair and is completely “finished”, as per tunneling expert Arnold Dix. The expert also said that no new auger will be used and alternate methods are being explored.

Nov 25, 2023 12:43 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: CM Dhami issues statement

Nov 25, 2023 12:22 PM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: 40-bed hospital on standby

A 41-bed hospital has been kept on standby with immediate medical supplies and a team of skilled doctors to leave no room for error when the trapped workers eventually make it out of the collapsed tunnel.

Nov 25, 2023 11:46 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Probe panel makes revelation

The probe panel investigating the collapse of the Silkyara tunnel revealed that there was no emergency exit in the tunnel, which ultimately caused the 41 workers to be trapped in the rubble.

Nov 25, 2023 10:57 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Manual drilling last resort

The last resort to rescue the trapped workers is manual drilling since only 10 percent of the overall tunnel is left. However, this method can take up to 18-24 hours extra than machine drilling.

Nov 25, 2023 10:36 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: No metallic obstructions

Agencies have detected that for the next 5-6 metres, there is no metallic obstruction that could lead to the slowdown of the drilling process. Only 10-12 metres of drilling is left, as per reports.

Nov 25, 2023 10:13 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drilling to resume soon

The heavy machinery required to commence the vertical drilling of the tunnel has reached Uttarkashi's Silkyara, and the rescue operations are expected to resume soon.

Nov 25, 2023 9:52 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Auger to be pulled out

The American auger machine is set to be pulled out from the pipes to commence the vertical drilling of the rubble. The machine will now be used to push the pipes into the debris once the drilling resumes.

Nov 25, 2023 9:25 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: New strategy for rescue ops

After horizontal drilling has failed multiple times, rescuers are planning to implement the vertical drilling option to retrieve the trapped workers as part of a new strategy.

Nov 25, 2023 9:12 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Manual drilling option explored

As only 10 percent of the tunnel rubble is set to be removed to rescue the trapped workers, the agencies are exploring the option of manual drilling. This could, however, slow down the process.

Nov 25, 2023 8:46 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drilling may resume today

The last phase of the rescue operations to bring out 41 trapped workers is likely to resume in a few hours. It is expected that the drilling of the final 6-9 metres of rubble can conclude by Saturday evening.

Nov 25, 2023 8:23 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Only 10-12 metres of drilling left

Officials had revealed earlier that only 10-12 metres of drilling is left to rescue the trapped workers in the tunnel collapse, and can be done in a few hours after the rescue operations resume.

Nov 25, 2023 7:43 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drill hits metal object

The rescue operations were halted after the American auger, while drilling a hole through the rubble, hit a metal obstruction and had to be stopped. It is not clear when the rescue ops will resume.

Nov 25, 2023 7:25 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: No timeline to rescue workers

After the rescue operations hit a snag once again on Friday, the agencies have said that there is no timeline yet on when the rescue operations to bring out the 41 trapped workers will be over.

Nov 25, 2023 10:36 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: No metallic obstructions

Agencies have detected that for the next 5-6 metres, there is no metallic obstruction that could lead to the slowdown of the drilling process. Only 10-12 metres of drilling is left, as per reports.

Nov 25, 2023 10:13 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drilling to resume soon

The heavy machinery required to commence the vertical drilling of the tunnel has reached Uttarkashi's Silkyara, and the rescue operations are expected to resume soon.

Nov 25, 2023 9:52 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Auger to be pulled out

The American auger machine is set to be pulled out from the pipes to commence the vertical drilling of the rubble. The machine will now be used to push the pipes into the debris once the drilling resumes.

Nov 25, 2023 9:25 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: New strategy for rescue ops

After horizontal drilling has failed multiple times, rescuers are planning to implement the vertical drilling option to retrieve the trapped workers as part of a new strategy.

Nov 25, 2023 9:12 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Manual drilling option explored

As only 10 percent of the tunnel rubble is set to be removed to rescue the trapped workers, the agencies are exploring the option of manual drilling. This could, however, slow down the process.

Nov 25, 2023 8:46 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drilling may resume today

The last phase of the rescue operations to bring out 41 trapped workers is likely to resume in a few hours. It is expected that the drilling of the final 6-9 metres of rubble can conclude by Saturday evening.

Nov 25, 2023 8:23 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Only 10-12 metres of drilling left

Officials had revealed earlier that only 10-12 metres of drilling is left to rescue the trapped workers in the tunnel collapse, and can be done in a few hours after the rescue operations resume.

Nov 25, 2023 7:43 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: Drill hits metal object

The rescue operations were halted after the American auger, while drilling a hole through the rubble, hit a metal obstruction and had to be stopped. It is not clear when the rescue ops will resume.

Nov 25, 2023 7:25 AM IST

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE updates: No timeline to rescue workers

After the rescue operations hit a snag once again on Friday, the agencies have said that there is no timeline yet on when the rescue operations to bring out the 41 trapped workers will be over.