PM Modi assures CM Dhami of Centre’s assistance in rescue operation


Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse News Live Updates (November 20): Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday, to discuss the ongoing operations to rescue the 41 workers who have been trapped since last week in Uttarkashi’s collapsed Silkyara-Barkot tunnel, the Uttarakhand CMO said in a statement. Modi 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. He added that the workers’ morale needs to be maintained, the CMO said.

After facing several setbacks, authorities on Sunday (November 19) came up with a new five-point plan to rescue the trapped workers. This plan will involve drilling operations from three sides. There will be a vertical drilling operation taking place from the top of the hill under which the workers are trapped. The efforts to drill horizontally through the debris blocking the tunnel at the Silkyara side will continue, and an operation to drill a small tunnel from the Barkot side will also begin, according to the plans.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari visited the spot on Sunday, along with CM Dhami, and reviewed the rescue operations. Gadkari said that if the machines brought in for the drilling work properly, the workers would be rescued in two to three days. In the meantime, those trapped are safe and in good spirits, he said.


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