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Villagers carry ‘doli’ of local deity to Uttarkashi tunnel collapse site, seek divine intervention

As efforts to rescue the 41 trapped employees from contained in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand gathered tempo on Thursday, folks of the close by villages carried a palanquin of a neighborhood deity to the rescue web site for the success of the operation to save lots of the employees.

In a video posted on X, a gaggle of villagers may be seen carrying a ‘doli’ of the deity as they make their approach to the rescue web site amid the beats of a ‘dhol’. The villagers are additionally heard elevating slogans, invoking the deity.

In one other video shared on X, locals are seen establishing the temple of native deity Baba Baukhnag outdoors the tunnel the place the rescue operation is on.

The locals in Uttarkashi claimed that the under-construction Silkyara tunnel collapsed because of the wrath of Baba Boukhnag whose temple was demolished by the development firm days earlier than the incident befell on 12 November.

After preliminary efforts to rescue the trapped employees failed, temple priest Ganesh Prasad Bijalwan mentioned, firm officers known as him, apologised and requested him to carry out a particular puja.

He carried out the puja and prayed for the success of the operation to rescue the employees.

The 41 males have been trapped for 11 days after a portion of the under-construction tunnel on the Uttarakhand Char Dham route collapsed, chopping off its exit.

Rescue operations to evacuate the employees resumed on Thursday morning after an in a single day hurdle delayed the drilling by a number of hours.

In the meantime, the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority on Thursday mentioned there may very well be a “success” in bringing out 41 employees trapped contained in the tunnel within the subsequent few hours or by Friday.

Briefing media in regards to the ongoing rescue operations, Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, additionally added that it could not be truthful to invest on the timeline for rescue operations because it is rather like combating a struggle.

The NDMA member additionally mentioned that the horizontal drilling to rescue employees might face 3-4 extra hurdles.

He additional mentioned that 41 ambulances, one every for trapped employees, are in place on the tunnel web site, and likewise amenities are in place to airlift employees in severe situation.

With inputs from companies



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