Rescuers on Tuesday released the first video footage of the labourers trapped inside Uttarkashi’s Silkyara tunnel for a duration of 10 days.
An endoscopic camera, sent in through an alternative 6-inch food pipeline, captured the visuals.
In the footage, workers donning yellow and white helmets can be seen receiving food items delivered through the pipeline and engaging in conversation with the rescue teams. This development provided a sense of relief to the workers’ families.
#UttarakhandTunnelCollapse | First visuals of workers trapped in Uttarkashi tunnel emerge
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Anshu Manish Khalkho, the Director of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), had previously announced the intention to insert cameras through the pipeline to assess the workers’ well-being. The camera deployment occurred after its arrival from Delhi late on Monday evening.
The rescuers on Monday pushed through a six-inch-wide pipeline through the rubbles of collapsed Silkyara-Barkot tunnel to supply larger quantities of food and other essentials to the 41 workers.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, to discuss the rescue operations, the Uttarakhand CMO said in a statement. Modi had said that the Centre is providing the necessary rescue equipment and resources, and that the workers will be evacuated safely through mutual coordination between the Centre and the Uttarakhand government.
An under-construction tunnel on the Yamunotri National Highway in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district collapsed at dawn on November 12, trapping the 41 workers inside.