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PM Modi speaks to CM Dhami on rescue efforts, says need to maintain trapped workers’ morale

Rescue operations underway in Uttarkashi. PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and mentioned the continued operation to rescue 41 staff trapped since 12 November in {a partially} collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi district.

Through the telephonic dialog, PM Modi mentioned vital rescue tools and sources are being offered by the Centre and thru mutual coordination between Central and state businesses and expressed hope that the trapped staff can be safely evacuated.

PM Modi advised the Uttarakhand chief minister that it’s vital to take care of the morale of the trapped staff.

In line with an announcement issued by the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Workplace, Dhami advised PM Modi that he has inspected the location and is continually monitoring the rescue operations.

All efforts are underway to evacuate the employees expeditiously, the chief minister advised PM Modi.

Dhami additionally briefed the Prime Minister in regards to the rescue operations intimately and mentioned all of the trapped staff are protected with oxygen, nutritious meals and water being continuously equipped to them.

All businesses are working in full coordination with one another in session with specialists to hold out the rescue operations.

That is the third time that PM Modi has spoken to Uttarakhand CM Dhami in regards to the rescue operations being carried out on the tunnel.

5-point plan to rescue trapped staff in Uttarkashi

On Sunday (19 November), a brand new five-point plan was made to rescue the trapped staff.

A vertical drilling operation can be happening from the highest of the hill underneath which the employees are trapped. The efforts to drill horizontally by the particles blocking the tunnel on the Silkyara aspect will proceed, and an operation to drill a small tunnel from the Barkot aspect will even start, in keeping with the plans.

As per the small print offered by the federal government, 5 completely different businesses – the Oil and Pure Gasoline Company (ONGC), Sutluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVNL), Rail Vikas Nigam Restricted (RVNL), Nationwide Highways and Infrastructure Growth Company Restricted (NHIDCL), and Tehri Hydro Growth Company Restricted (THDCL) – have been assigned obligations to hold out the 5 completely different points of the rescue plan.

Beneath the five-point plan, RVNL has began work on a six-inch-wide vertical pipeline from this platform into the place the place the employees are trapped. This pipe will work as one other means by which provides may be handed to them.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has created an entry street to, and constructed a platform at, the highest of the hill the place vertical drilling is about to happen.

The third a part of the plan entails horizontally drilling 483 metres to achieve the employees by making a “micro” tunnel from the Barkot aspect and can be undertaken by THDCL. Heavy equipment has already been mobilised and the work is predicted to begin by Sunday night time.

The fourth half is the strengthening of the present tunnel, and after engaged on security preparations, NHIDCL will proceed to drill from the Silkyara finish underneath the fifth a part of the plan.

Rescue operations are being carried out on a battle footing since parts of the tunnel collapsed following a landslide early on 12 November, leaving 41 staff trapped behind an enormous mound of particles.

The Silkyara tunnel, about 30 km from the district headquarters of Uttarkashi and a seven-hour drive from the Uttarakhand capital Dehradun, is a part of the bold Char Dham all-weather street challenge of the central authorities.

With inputs from businesses

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