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Trapped Uttarakhand Tunnel Workers Receive Antidepressants and Care Packages

In a challenging rescue operation, the Indian government is providing essential support to 41 workers who have been trapped for seven days in an under-construction tunnel in Uttarakhand. The collapse occurred in the Silkyara region of Uttarkashi district during the construction of a 4.531-kilometer two-lane bi-directional tunnel, part of the Char Dham all-weather road project.

Road, Transport, and Highways Secretary Anurag Jain provided an update, stating that despite the challenging circumstances, the trapped workers have access to light, water, and electricity in a two-kilometer portion inside the tunnel. A 4-inch pipe originally used for compression is being utilized to send food to the workers since the first day of the incident.

To address the physical and mental well-being of the trapped workers, the government is sending multivitamins, antidepressants, and dry fruits. The Silkyara tunnel collapse has prompted a comprehensive rescue effort involving various agencies, including NHIDCL, ONGC, RVNL, Satluj Jal Vikas Nigam Ltd, BRO, and state PWD.

The rescue operation faced a setback when a US-made auger machine, employed to drill and push pipes through the rubble for an escape passage, developed a snag, leading to a temporary suspension of drilling activities. The machine had drilled up to 24 meters through the rubble before the interruption.

A high-level meeting convened by the Union government explored five rescue options, with different agencies assigned specific responsibilities. NHIDCL MD Mahmood Ahmed is coordinating efforts with various central agencies involved in the operation.

Rescue operations were temporarily halted when a cracking sound was heard during the positioning of a fifth pipe, causing panic among the rescue team. Concerns about the possibility of further collapse in the vicinity prompted an immediate suspension of pipe-pushing activities.

As the rescue efforts continue, the provision of essential supplies, including antidepressants and care packages, reflects the government’s commitment to supporting the physical and mental well-being of the trapped workers in this challenging situation.

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