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'It's Getting Harder As Days Pass': Worker Trapped Inside Tunnel

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Tunnel - Sputnik India, 1920, 21.11.2023
On Tuesday morning, the outside world was able to see, for the first time, images of the workers trapped inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district.
Workers on Monday interacted with officials and shared their dire situation from inside the tunnel.

"Please take us out quickly. It is getting harder and harder with each passing day," one of the stuck workers told Indian media.

Meanwhile, visuals captured in the endoscopic camera show workers in helmets receiving food and talking with each other.
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Workers Trapped Inside Tunnel - Sputnik India, 1920, 21.11.2023
Workers Trapped Inside Tunnel

A few workers in the shared audio recording told their families not to worry and to take care of themselves.

As the rescue operations continues, new plans were made, which is to work on two side tunnels by the side of the main tunnel for escape. If the operation goes as planned, the workers might get rescued within two or three days.
"Till now, rescuers have been drilling inwards from the mouth of the tunnel. Efforts are now also on to drill from another side of the tunnel to reach the workers," Uttarakhand Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Sinha told reporters.
The workers have been trapped since 12 November in the under-construction tunnel in Uttarakhand after a landslide hit the area. The administration established contact with the trapped men, who were provided oxygen, medicines, food, and water with a four-inch compressor pipeline.
Since then, drones and robots from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have been brought to the site to look into the possibility of other escape routes for the trapped men.
International tunneling expert Arnold Dix, who heads the Geneva-based International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, also reached the disaster site to review rescue efforts.
The rescue operation in the Himalayan region is challenging due to its volatile geographical locations and soil conditions. The operation was also stalled on 17 November after the machine encountered increased pressure and vibrations.

The 4531-metre Silkyara Tunnel is part of the ambitious Chardham Project of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
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