Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: Labourers rescued! What next?

All the 41 workers who were trapped inside the Uttarkashi Silkyara Tunnel from last 17 days have been rescued successfully on Tuesday late evening.

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Following the rat mining procedure on Tuesday late evening, the workers who were trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel have been successfully extracted by rat miners about 400 hours after they became stuck. On November 12, the labourers became stuck in the Uttarkashi tunnel. 

Rat miners, drilling equipment, and multiple agencies were involved in the rescue operation. 

Even though the American ‘auger’ drilling equipment was able to bore through about three-quarters of the debris horizontally, it collapsed and required manual drilling for the final leg. Then, to take over and finish the rescue effort, twelve skilled burrowing rat miners were sent in.

Challenges during rescue

It is to be noted here that the team of experts have identified numerous problems during rescue, following which the government has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to conduct an audit for all the 29 tunnels which are currently under construction. 

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said, "This was the first time such a mishap occurred. There is a lot we have learnt from this incident. We are going to conduct a safety audit of the tunnel, and also study how we could use better technology. Himalayan strata is very fragile and it is very tough to work there, but we will have to find solution.

Soon after the safe rescue of all the 41 labourers who were trapped inside the tunnel for 17 days, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed his happiness and praised the work of agencies involved in the operation. He also said that a safety audit of the tunnel will be done now. 

Here’s what he said:

PM Modi expressed happiness 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephonic conversation with the workers who were successfully rescued from Uttarakhand's Silkyara tunnel after 17 days.

Meanwhile, the health checkup of the rescued workers is underway at Chinyalisaur Community Health Centre.

Families extend gratitude to govt following successful rescue

The news of the successful rescue of 41 trapped workers from the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, on Tuesday evening brought comfort and gladness to their cheeks after a difficult 17 days.

Encouraged by the successful rescue operation, the rescue team raised slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' inside the Silkyara tunnel yesterday.

The emotional moment culmination came as the result of intensive rescue operations that attracted national attention. 
After a lengthy period of desperation, the families joyfully welcomed the rescue and expressed their sincere gratitude to the government for rescuing their loved ones.

Families of workers celebrated the happiness by distributing sweets and bursting crackers. A few relatives held video conferences with the employees to make sure they were okay.

Many family members were at last reunited with their loved ones after arriving at the scene a few days following the disaster and setting up camp there ever since.

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