PM Modi Seeks Updates on Rescue Operation for Trapped Workers in Silkyara Tunnel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a phone conversation with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday to acquire information about the ongoing rescue operation for the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi since November 12.

CM Dhami shared details of the interaction in a series of posts, stating, “Respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi called today and took information about the ongoing rescue operation of the workers trapped at Silkyara tunnel, Uttarkashi.” He highlighted that the Prime Minister was briefed on the progress of relief and rescue operations conducted in collaboration with central agencies, international experts, and the state administration.

Dhami informed the Prime Minister about arrangements made for a team of doctors, ambulances, helicopter services, and a temporary hospital for the workers’ treatment and care. He also conveyed instructions to doctors at AIIMS Rishikesh to be prepared for any emergency.

In the conversation, Dhami updated PM Modi on communications between the workers and their families and assured him of the workers’ well-being. The Chief Minister emphasized his personal supervision of the rescue operations by remaining in Uttarkashi.

The workers have been trapped for 12 days following a tunnel collapse on November 12. CM Dhami, overseeing operations at the Silkyara tunnel, informed reporters that 45 meters of pipeline had been laid through an auger machine to facilitate the rescue. The collapse occurred during the construction of the tunnel from Silkyara to Barkot, trapping 41 workers in a 2 km-built portion with complete concrete work ensuring their safety.

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