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Thursday, 22 February 2024 3.43 AM IST

Indian army called in, manual drilling to start; trapped workers to see light before Christmas

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UTTARKASHI: Fifteen torturous days have passed for the workers trapped in the dark tunnels of Uttarakhand. Drilling was halted on Friday evening after the auger machine completely broke down and became stuck in the tunnel beyond extrication. Considering an alternative plan, the government and the authorities have decided to seek the service of the Indian army to perform manual drilling to achieve the target.

Yesterday, while drilling through the rubble of the collapsed tunnel, the blades of the machine got stuck in the debris which has now gone beyond repair. By bringing the army and conducting manual drilling, almost 10-15 meters can be drilled inside. Only one person can perform manual drilling at a time.

Madras Sappers, an engineering unit of the Indian Army, have reached Uttarkashi. According to reports, necessary measures have been taken for the safety of the military personnel. 41 ambulances are stationed near the tunnel. With manual drilling, it may take several weeks for the workers to come out. Officials informed that the workers are safe and are being given food, water, oxygen and medicines.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has assessed the situation and expressed anticipation about the ‘highly challenging’ rescue operations. Very soon, a land phone will be placed in the tunnel for people to call their loved ones back at home. Experts assured that they will be out before Christmas.

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