The rescue teams’ lengthy 16-day drilling effort inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi has finally come to a close, and the workers who are trapped within should be freed very soon, according to those involved in the situation on Tuesday. Today, rescue personnel managed to breach the 60-meter area of debris, so bringing 41 workers’ agony to a close.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tweeted his appreciation for the rescue teams’ unwavering work, saying, “The work of laying pipes in the tunnel to take out the workers has been completed as a result of the immense grace of Baba Baukh Nag Ji, the prayers of crores of countrymen, and the tireless work of all the rescue teams engaged in the rescue operation.” All of the labor brothers will be released soon. will be removed.”
The last phase of the rescue mission
This morning, the last lap of the rescue effort began as the specialists in rat-hole mining dug through the debris as the other rescue personnel resumed their vertical drilling from above the tunnel to speed up the procedure.
According to reports, the rescuers are now optimistic that they will be able to extract the workers shortly today via the one-meter-wide shaft that emerges from the top of the tunnel underneath.
Additionally, on Monday night, the broken auger drilling machine’s remnants were reportedly also removed piece by piece, and a steel pipe was added to the half finished escape route.
Things in order outside the tunnel
Plans were made to send the rescued workers straight to a hospital for emergency treatment since it is anticipated that they would be freed today.
At the community health center in Chinyalisaur, some 30 miles from Silkyara, a dedicated ward with 41 oxygen-supported beds has been prepared for the workers.
The road outside the tunnel was being patched and a new layer of dirt was being poured to allow ambulances to go more smoothly. The surface had become uneven during the previous two weeks owing to the frequent transit of heavy vehicles.
Senior police officials gave security staff outside the tunnel a briefing so they should be ready to respond as soon as workers began to emerge from the escape channel.
Concerning rat-hole mining
A contentious and dangerous mining technique known as “rat-hole mining” involves miners working in small groups to descend slender holes and extract tiny amounts of coal.
Neeraj Khairwal, the nodal official for the Uttarakhand government, made it apparent that the personnel being sent to the site were not rat-hole miners but rather specialists in the field.
Teams of two or three were formed out of them. For short intervals, each team enters the steel chute that is part of the escape route.
Expert in drilling rat holes Rajput Rai previously said that one guy would drill, another would gather the debris with his hands, and a third would load it onto a trolley for removal.
Regarding the current drilling operation
On the Char Dham path in Uttarakhand, a 12-person team of rat-hole mining specialists is manually excavating and drilling a last 10- to 12-meter section of fallen rubble from the under-construction tunnel.
Prior to being trapped in the debris on Friday, a massive auger machine began digging, but this forced authorities to switch to a different approach: drilling from above the tunnel.
Officials determined that the last portion of the horizontal through-the-rubble alternative would be completed manually, with individual workers entering the escape tunnel with drills and using gas cutters to remove impediments like iron girders.