In a heartening development, 41 workers trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand were finally seen after 10 days of being stuck. The workers, whose heads were covered with hard hats, appeared on camera with faces filled with hope. They were connected to rescuers through walkie-talkies and a camera pushed through a six-inch pipe. Despite the tall challenge posed by 40 meters of debris, the rescue teams have been working tirelessly to bring the workers back home.
The difficult Himalayan terrain and the nature of the soil have made the rescue operation even more challenging. However, at around 3.45 am today, the workers’ faces appeared on camera, causing a momentary excitement among the rescuers. The mood quickly turned serious as the next steps in the rescue operation were planned. The workers were assured that help was on the way and were given instructions through the walkie-talkies.
The workers were asked to show themselves before the camera and raise their hands to indicate that they were alright. They lined up before the camera, their faces bearing the stubble that had grown over the past week. They waved and smiled, signalling that they were in good health. The rescuers reiterated their commitment to reaching the workers soon and asked them to take the camera from inside the pipe to focus on each of them.
This camera and walkie-talkie connection marks a significant development in the ongoing rescue operation. The six-inch pipe, which serves as a lifeline, allows the workers to receive food and medicine. The visual and voice connection will not only motivate the workers but also provide reassurance during their harrowing wait to return home.
Earlier this week, the workers were sent Khichdi through the pipe, providing them with their first proper meal in 10 days. The workers have been trapped since a landslide occurred on November 12, blocking their exit from the under-construction tunnel. The tunnel is part of the ambitious Char Dham projects and is located between Silkyara and Dandalgaon in Uttarakhand. It is intended to connect Uttarkashi and Yamunotri.