Agencies/JK News Today

Uttarkashi : In Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi a portion under-construction tunnel from Silkyara end caved in on November 12 trapping 41 workers. The workers have now been rescued. The multiple-agency led rescue efforts succesfully rescued the workers. There was hugging and cheers as the ordeal ended. Outside the tunnel some people chanted “Har Har Mahadev” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”

On Friday the rescue operation to drill 60 metre of stretch was halted when auger machine blades broke. On Sunday, plasma and magna rod cutter machines were brought in to cut auger blades.

Alternative options are being sought after with vertical drilling being considered second best alternative to rescue workers. Work on vertical drilling began yesterday to drill 86 metres and it is expected to be completed in four days. Third best alternative to rescue workers involves perpendicular drilling which has to drill 170 metres to reach the workers. The machine to be used for perpendicular drilling was expected to arrive on Sunday night following which the drilling work will begin.

Indian Army has also been called in to undertake manual horizontal drilling. Government statement yesterday assured that trapped workers are safe and are receiving required medical help from psychologists and doctors along with food, fruits, medicines, anti-depressants and multivitamins.