Trapped Tunnel Workers To Get 'Khichdi In Bottle' As Their First Meal In 9 Days After Major Breakthrough
Uttarkashi: In a significant development in the ongoing rescue operation for 41 trapped workers in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, an alternative six-inch lifeline pipe has successfully reached the site. The rescue team is now preparing to send hot Khichdi in cylindrical bottles to provide sustenance to the stranded workers.
Hemant, the cook responsible for preparing the Khichdi, highlighted that this marks the first instance of sending a hot meal to the workers inside the tunnel. "This food will be sent inside the tunnel. This is the first time a hot meal is being sent. We are sending Khichdi. We are only preparing the food which we have been recommended," he stated.
The collapse in the under-construction tunnel occurred on November 12, trapping 41 labourers in a 60-meter stretch on the Silkyara side. Earlier today, the breakthrough was achieved as a six-inch pipe reached the 2 km-built tunnel section where the workers are trapped.
Colonel Deepak Patil, the rescue operation in-charge, explained that the alternative lifeline will facilitate the delivery of food, mobiles, and chargers inside the tunnel. A list of suitable food options, prepared in consultation with medical experts, includes bananas, apples, Khichdi, and Daliya, which will be sent in plastic cylindrical bottles with wide mouths.
Anshu Manish Khulko, the Director of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL), reported a sense of joy among the trapped labourers upon learning about the breakthrough. Khulko emphasised that the rescue efforts would now proceed with full force, alleviating earlier concerns about the closure of the initial lifeline.
Meanwhile, two robotics machines from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), weighing 20 kg and 50 kg, have been brought to the site. The attempt to use the DRDO robotics machine inside the tunnel faced challenges due to the loose strata and rubble, limiting its success.