On Rescue Op For Workers Trapped In Uttarakhand Tunnel For 170 Hours, An Update From Nitin Gadkari
Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand): The ordeal continues for the workers trapped inside the tunnel in Uttarkashi, stretching over 170 hours, as ongoing efforts are meticulously executed to ensure their safety. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, shed light on the rescue operation, emphasising that, if the machines function optimally, it would take a minimum of 2 days to reach the 41 workers ensnared within the tunnel.
In discussions with the media, Gadkari underscored that the primary focus is on preserving the lives of the workers. "If the auger machine works properly, we will be able to reach them in the next 2-2.5 days. Roads are being made by BRO (Border Roads Organization) to bring in special machines. Several machines have arrived here. Two auger machines are currently working to carry out rescue operations," he stated.
Simultaneously, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed the state government's readiness to extend assistance to the rescue agencies. "Saving everyone's life is our first priority. For this, the state government is ready to give all the help required to all the agencies. I will pray to God that they get rescued sooner, as their trouble is increasing with each passing day," he conveyed.
Multiple agencies, including officials from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), are on-site, tackling the complexities of the challenging rescue operation. Bhaskar Khulbe, former advisor to the Prime Minister, remarked, "The experts agree that instead of working on one plan, we should work simultaneously on five plans to reach the trapped workers at the earliest."