Tunnel collapse: PM Modi enquires about rescue operations

New Delhi: Amid ongoing efforts to rescue 41 trapped workers from Uttarakhand’s Silkyara tunnel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again spoke to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami over the phone and enquired about the ongoing operation to get them out safely.

Dhami said that he informed the Prime Minister about the positive progress made in the past 24 hours.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji spoke on the phone today and took information about the ongoing rescue operations to provide food, medicines and other essential items to the workers trapped in the tunnel under construction in Silkyara, Uttarkashi and to get them out safely,” he posted on X.

“Informed the Prime Minister about the rescue operations conducted with mutual coordination between central agencies, international experts and the state administration. During this, he was also informed about the positive progress made in the last 24 hours and the morale boosted by the talks between the workers and their families,” the Chief Minister said.

“We are receiving continuous guidance from the Prime Minister to deal with this difficult situation, which provides new energy to all of us every day to take out the labor brothers quickly and safely with full strength,” he added.

Fresh pictures that emerged from the tunnel collapse site showed that the 41 labourers trapped inside were mostly safe, an official, adding that those engaged in the rescue operations will now try to drill the tunnel vertically to create an evacuation passage.

On November 12, a portion of the under-construction tunnel from Silkyara to Barkot collapsed due to debris falling in the 60 metre stretch on the Silkyara side of the tunnel.

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