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Uttarakhand: 40 Workers Trapped In Tunnel For 170 Hours. PM Called CM Dhami

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and took information about the ongoing relief and rescue operations to safely rescue the workers trapped in the tunnel near Silkyara in Uttarkashi.

Prime Minister Modi said that necessary rescue equipment and resources are being provided by the Central Government. The workers will be evacuated safely with mutual coordination between central and state agencies. There is a need to maintain the morale of the stranded workers. 

Giving information about the current situation, the Chief Minister said that the state and central agencies are engaged in relief and rescue work with mutual coordination and promptness. The workers trapped in the tunnel are safe and oxygen, nutritious food and water are being provided. Agencies are working for relief and rescue operations after taking the opinion of experts.

Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami said that he himself visited the spot and inspected it and is constantly monitoring the rescue operations. Medical team has also been deployed there.

The Chief Minister said that all the workers trapped inside the tunnel are safe and every effort is being made to get them out soon. Till now the Prime Minister has taken information about the situation from the Chief Minister thrice. The PMO team has also inspected the spot and is continuously monitoring the situation and doing coordination work.

The Chief Minister said that he has instructed the officials to make arrangements for counseling through psychiatrists to maintain the morale of the stranded workers and their families and also to meet their needs by continuously communicating with them.

He said that the Uttarakhand government will bear the expenses of transportation, food, accommodation and mobile recharge for the families of the workers who want to come here. In this time of disaster, we all have to maintain the morale of the workers and their families.

CM Dhami said that the top priority of the Central and State Government is to safely rescue the workers trapped in the tunnel, which is being reviewed by the Prime Minister’s Office.

He again reiterated that in view of the tunnel accident, the tunnel projects of the state government in Uttarakhand will be reviewed.

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