Now rescue teams will break the tunnel wall with hammer, big decision after repeated obstacles in rescue operation

Tunnel Accident Rescue Day 14: Rescue operations are underway on a war footing to rescue 41 workers trapped in the under-construction Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand for 14 days. However, a way to evacuate even a single laborer has not been confirmed yet.

Due to repeated obstacles coming in the way of the US made auger machine being used for drilling, the NDRF personnel engaged in the operation are now considering the option of drilling by hand in the traditional way. According to the report of news agency PTI, officials gave this information on Saturday (November 25).

Rescue teams can use hammer, crowbar, cutter

Sources have said that due to repeated obstacles coming in the way of drilling, now NDRF personnel will themselves descend into the pipeline which has been brought close to the workers. Drilling of 47 meters has been completed. Another 10 meter drilling has to be done. For this, the personnel of the agencies engaged in the rescue operation will descend with the traditional tools used for drilling like hammer, sable, gas cutter machine and common tools. They will remove the obstruction coming in the path of the pipe by hand. This will be a lot of hard work and may take a lot of time. However, there is hope of success in this.

Drilling had to be stopped

Drilling in the collapsed part of the tunnel had to be stopped again on Friday night to rescue the workers, in another blow to rescue efforts. An official said that some time after the resumption of drilling on Friday, the auger machine could not drill due to some metal object, due to which the work had to be stopped. A day before this, officials had to stop the rescue work due to technical glitches in the auger machine.

He said that due to continuous obstacles, the work of drilling with auger machine and laying steel pipe among the debris is not progressing. The official said that in such a situation, manual drilling is being considered but it takes more time.

Chief Minister Dhami is present at the accident site

Let us tell you that a part of this tunnel being built on the Chardham Yatra route had collapsed on 12th November, the day of Diwali, due to which 41 laborers working in it were trapped on the other side of the debris. Since then, a campaign is going on on a war footing to throw them out but is not getting success. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami himself is present at the spot and is monitoring the rescue operation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also calling him regularly to get updates on the campaign.

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