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40 laborers Trapped In Uttarakhand Tunnel For 3 Days. Thai Firm To Help In Rescue

After the tunnel accident in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, 40 laborers are trapped inside for more than 80 hours.

The tunnel under construction caved in at around 4 am on November 12 (the day of Diwali). Teams of more than 200 people from National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, BRO and National Highways are working 24 hours.

But till now not a single worker has been rescued. Now special teams from Norway and Thailand can also be taken help in rescue.

 The Indian rescue team has contacted the Thai rescue firm which had rescued the children trapped in a cave in Thailand. 

Under the Chardham Project, this tunnel is being built between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on Brahmakhal and Yamunotri National Highway.

These workers got trapped in the buffer zone due to the sudden tunnel collapse on Sunday. The stranded laborers are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Help of Army and Air Force is being taken in the rescue operation of Uttarkashi. To save 40 people trapped inside the tunnel, the Delhi machine was called by airlift. An attempt was made to build a platform inside the tunnel.

This machine can penetrate 4-5 meters of debris in an hour. If everything goes well, then in 10-12 hours the rescue team will be able to reach the pipe to the place where 40 workers are trapped. The diameter of this pipe is 900 mm, which will be enough for the men to get out.

However, officials said that the machine is expected to reach Uttarkashi from Delhi by late evening. After a few hours of its arrival, it can be installed and then it can be started.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held a high level meeting on Tuesday regarding the rescue operation.

Dhami said- “We are taking every moment information about the rescue operation. The incident is also being monitored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Ministry. The Uttarakhand government has formed a 6-member committee to investigate the incident. The committee has also started investigation.”

The rescue operation in Luang Cave of Thailand is considered to be the most difficult. In this, with the help of the world’s best divers and Thailand’s seal commandos, 12 boys and their football coach, who were trapped in the cave for 17 days, were rescued safely.

The date was 23 June 2018. It was raining in many areas of Thailand. Meanwhile, a football team of 12 children and their coach had gone out for a walk after practice. His plan was to see Tham Luang Cave. They did not know that the weather was going to change its mood in the next moment. While roaming around in the cave, the children reached deep inside the cave. Due to heavy rain, the lower part of the cave was filled with water. By the time the children and their coach could understand this, the way out of the cave was closed due to excessive water filling.

After this, all the 12 children including the coach got trapped in the same cave. The rescue operation of these children took 17 days. More than 10,000 people were involved in the rescue team.

How should the rescue operation be carried out inside the tunnel? Help is also being taken from the Geotechnical Institute of Norway for suggestions on this. Suggestions are also being taken from experts of Indian Railways and its associated bodies like Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and Indian Railway Construction International Limited.

Anshu Manish Khalkho, Director of National Highways and Infrastructure Development, said, “The machines are reaching Uttarkashi. We can start the work in the next three-four hours. The debris of the tunnel is being removed. We are trying to push the pipe inside. Are.”

Khalkho said, “The new machine can push about 3-4 meters of pipe an hour. We are hoping to finish the work in 10-12 hours, but a lot depends on what machines are inside. They are trapped. However, all the workers are fine, they are getting food and water. Families and officials are talking to them to keep their morale up.”

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