In a significant development in the ongoing rescue operation for 41 trapped workers in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, a six-inch communication pipe has been successfully installed into the debris. This breakthrough allows authorities to provide essential supplies, including solid food items, to the workers. Anshu Mansish Khalkho, director of NHIDCL, revealed that rescue workers can now communicate with the trapped individuals through this newly installed pipe.
Adding to the rescue capabilities, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has deployed two robots weighing 20 kg and 50 kg, respectively. These ground-moving robots are expected to aid in the operation, although concerns about the loose ground have been raised. Additional machinery is anticipated to arrive within a day or two.
The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the Border Road Organisation (BRO) are actively involved in the mega rescue operation. BRO is working on constructing necessary roads on both ends, with completed roads awaiting heavy machinery for further progress.
Uttarkashi district magistrate Abhishek Ruhela shared that the rescue operation is in an advanced stage. An approach road is being established through BRO, and completion is expected soon, paving the way for intensified rescue efforts.
The rescue teams have been utilizing four-inch pipes to send dry fruits, water, and medicines inside the tunnel. With the installation of the larger six-inch pipe, authorities can now provide solid food to the trapped workers.
DRDO’s Robotics Machine Team arrived at the site on Monday morning, reinforcing the technological support for the rescue mission. In addition to the ground robots, efforts are underway to drill perpendicularly into the tunnel to expedite the rescue process.
The collapsed tunnel, part of the Central government’s Char Dham project, has been a focal point since November 12 when it trapped 41 workers inside. The availability of electricity and water in this section of the tunnel has facilitated rescue operations. The collaboration between government agencies and the introduction of advanced technology signal a concerted effort to bring the rescue mission to a successful conclusion.
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