Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Updates: New 6-inch pipe installed for communication
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Updates: Day 9 of rescue operations commence.
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse Updates: Day 9 of the rescue operations commenced on Monday after a portion of the Silkyara Bend - Barkot tunnel, under construction, collapsed in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, leading to dozens of workers being trapped in the rubble.
As many as 41 workers continue to remain trapped after a section of a tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi collapsed, leading to a major health and safety emergency. Today, November 20, is the ninth day of the rescue operations, while the rescue teams are interacting with the trapped workers through the supply tunnel drilled into the rubble.
The vertical drilling was halted on the evening of November 19 after hitting a snag, to ensure the safety of the workers trapped inside. It is expected that the workers will be rescued in the next 4-5 days, seeing the progress of the vertical drilling.
Union Minister of Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari reached the site of the collapse and ensured that the Centre will offer its full assistance to rescue those who are trapped in the next couple of days. The minister also said that a thorough inquiry will take place once the rescue operations are complete.
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- Nov 20, 2023 10:32 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Rescure operation continues to save 41 trapped workers | WatchNov 20, 2023 09:42 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: What all are possible with new 6-inch pipe insertion
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Plastic bottles with wide openings will be used for packing purposes. Also provisions may include sending mobile phones and chargers to the workers or setting up a telephone line within.
Efforts will focus on establishing a live streaming connection for real-time visuals from inside the tunnel.
Ongoing communication between rescuers and those trapped within the tunnel persists, allowing relatives to converse with the workers. However, the installation of a six-inch pipe marks a substantial improvement from the existing four-inch pipe, which was limited to transporting food items like dry fruits and roasted chickpeas.Nov 20, 2023 07:31 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Drone visuals of Silkyara tunnelNov 20, 2023 06:00 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Visuals of the rescue operation being carried outNov 20, 2023 05:47 PM IST
Uttarakhand Congress demands CBI inquiry into tunnel collapse incident
Uttarakhand Congress criticised the state government on Monday for the delay in rescuing the 41 workers trapped in the Uttarkashi tunnel. The have urged for a CBI investigation supervised by the high court into the incident.
Yashpal Arya, leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader, who visited the tunnel site on Monday, said, “The accountability of the government and officials should be fixed. Action should be taken against the erring officials. A CBI inquiry under the supervision of the court should be instituted if the government has nothing to hide”, he saidNov 20, 2023 05:12 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: All machinery being mobilised, says NHIDCL official
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: The National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) Director Anshu Manish Khalkho, addressing the media on Tuesday, mentioned that additional machinery is en route to the tunnel site to aid in the rescue operation. He added that DRDO has dispatched two robots.
“DRDO has sent 2 robots weighing 20 kg and 50 kg respectively. The robots move on the ground and the land is working like sand, we are apprehending whether or not would the robots be able to move there... All machinery is coming, they are mobilised and will be here within a day or two... BRO is constructing roads wherever necessary on this end and the Barkot end. Roads are ready on both sides, now we are waiting for the machinery. The machines are very heavy, they cannot be airlifted,” he said.
(ANI)Nov 20, 2023 04:44 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: ‘Progess is good…additional lifeline to be ready soon,’ says Uttarkashi SP
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Amid ongoing efforts to rescue the trapped workers at the Silkyara tunnel collapse site, Uttarkashi SP Arpan Yaduvanshi said that the operation is going good and that an additional lifeline will be ready soon.
“The progress is good... It (the additional lifeline) will be ready soon... The diameter would be larger than the current one so that more things can be sent through it. The best available machinery and experts have reached here... State government has appointed a senior IAS officer for coordination... The work is going on systematically and we are making good progress,” he said.
(ANI)Nov 20, 2023 04:13 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: CPI(M) expresses concern over labourers trapped
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: The CPI(M) expressed concern on Monday regarding the situation of 41 laborers stuck in an under-construction tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district. They find it puzzling why the Centre hasn't sought aid from international experts for the rescue operation.
"A week has passed since the incident and so far, the efforts made to rescue them have not met with success," the party said in a statement.
"It is inexplicable why the central government has not sought the assistance of international experts and agencies for the rescue work. No effort should be spared to deploy the latest expertise and technology to extricate the trapped workers," the Left party added.
(With ANI inputs)Nov 20, 2023 03:26 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: International tunnelling expert team reviews rescue efforts
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: A team of international tunneling experts has reached the Silkyara location in Uttarkashi to assist in the ongoing rescue efforts. They've shared their positive outlook on the rescue and relief operations currently in progress.
Arnold Dix, the president of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, was present to supervise these operations.
"It is looking good but we have to decide whether it's good or a trap, because it's looking very positive. I have got the best experts for this Himalayan geology here, I'm just one" Professor Dix was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"We are going back to the office to talk about what we've seen and we need to compare about what we have seen here above the tunnel with what we know about what is happening in the tunnel. This actually helps us make the proper decision because we are rescuing those 41 men and we are not letting anyone get hurt while we're doing that but to that, we need to be very careful," he added.Nov 20, 2023 02:46 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: DRDO's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) ‘Daksh’ brought to tunnel siteNov 20, 2023 02:23 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: State govt to bear travel expenses of relatives of trapped workers
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: The state government announced on Monday that it will cover the travel, food, and lodging expenses for the relatives of the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi district, news agency ANI reported.
Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami further mentioned that all the victims will be rescued soon and instructed officials to stay in touch with their relatives. Additionally, Dhami stated that psychiatrists have been engaged to maintain the morale of the trapped workers.Nov 20, 2023 01:24 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: DRDO brings in micro-drones, robots
The DRDO robotics team reached the crash site of the Uttarakhand tunnel collapse, and is planning to launch micro-drones and robots to assist with the rescue operations of the 41 trapped workers.Nov 20, 2023 12:49 PM IST
41 trapped workers recieve food through pipe
The trapped workers are healthy and receiving food like nuts, roasted chickpeas and popcorn though a pipe, Deepa Gaur, a government spokesperson, said. Oxygen was being supplied to them through a separate pipe, she said. (AP)Nov 20, 2023 12:08 PM IST
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse LIVE: Construction update
The construction of the track above the crash site in the Uttarakhand tunnel collapse is almost finished, with just 100 metres left.Nov 20, 2023 11:34 AM IST
Tunneling expert Arnold Dix offers crucial insight
International tunneling expert Arnold Dix reached the site of the Uttarakhand tunnel collapse sight with his team, saying that food and medication is enroute to the trapped workers.Nov 20, 2023 11:12 AM IST
5-point plan designed to rescue trapped workers
A 5-point plan has been designed to rescue the trapped workers, which includes drilling from three sides of the hill to build a tunnel for the safe return of the workers.Nov 20, 2023 11:00 AM IST
PM Modi assures Centre's assistance to CM Dhami
PM Modi ensures that there is manual coordination between the Uttarakhand government and the Centre to ensure the safe return of 41 trapped workers, the CMO said in a statement.Nov 20, 2023 10:40 AM IST
Rescue operations to take 4-5 more days
After the drilling machine hit a snag last week, the rescue operations are expected to take 4-5 more days, while Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ensured that the tunnel should be drilled in another 2-3 days.Nov 20, 2023 10:32 AM IST
PM Modi speaks to Uttarakhand CM Dhami
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami to take stock of the situation regarding the trapped workers in Uttarkashi tunnel collapse, ensuring all the support from the Centre.Story SavedLive Score