In a major development in the rescue operation of the Silkyara tunnel collapse, the officials were able to establish audio-visual communication with the 41 workers trapped inside the tunnel through a six-inch pipeline on Tuesday morning. The rescue team also got a breakthrough in getting the first visuals of the trapped workers.
The workers were seen smiling and in a stable condition in the video footage captured by an endoscopic flexi camera inserted through the pipeline. The officials also managed to send food to the workers through the same pipeline.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed his optimism that the workers trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel would soon be rescued safely and praised the efforts of all the agencies, engineers, technicians and experts involved in the operation.
He said, “This is definitely encouraging for us. We pray to God for the rescue operation to conclude at the earliest and for all our workers to come out safely. PM Modi is collecting details every day and providing all possible help to us. I gave all the details to the PM today.”
CM Dhami also said that he hoped that the video evidence of the workers’ safety would speed up the rescue process and that all necessary measures were being taken.
The rescue team communicated with the workers through the pipeline and asked them to move away from it as they planned to clean it with water and a blower. They also assured them that more food would be provided once the pipeline was cleared.
Communication with the trapped workers in the Silkyara Tunnel restored
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed hope that the trapped workers would soon come out safely after a six-inch pipeline was pushed through the rubble of the collapsed portion in the Silkyara tunnel and audio-visual communication was restored with them.
CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said, “All agencies, engineers, technicians and experts are working on it. With their hard work, food is now being sent through the six-inch pipeline. This is definitely encouraging for us. We pray to God for the rescue operation to conclude at the earliest and for all our workers to come out safely. PM Modi is collecting details every day and providing all possible help to us. I gave all the details to the PM today.”
CM Dhami further said that the way the video has shown that all the workers in the Silkyara Tunnel are safe we hope that all of them are rescued soon and for that, all efforts are being made.
Earlier, in a major breakthrough in the ongoing Silkyara tunnel collapse rescue team officials successfully developed communication with the trapped workers through the 6-inch pipeline on Tuesday morning.
The rescue team was seen clearly talking to the workers trapped in the tunnel through the pipeline. The rescue team requested the workers to come in front of the endoscopic flexi camera which was inserted through the pipeline. A worker took out the camera from the pipeline and held it inside the confined space so that everyone could be identified.
All the 41 trapped workers assembled near the camera and the rescue team asked them to clean the screen of the camera. The rescue team informed them that the pipeline would be cleaned with water and a blower so they asked them to keep back the camera and get away from the pipeline and the compressor.
The rescue teams also informed that food would be provided again once the pipeline is cleaned.
The trapped workers were smiling in the video and stable state of mind. The workers were provided with a walkie-talkie through a 6-inch pipeline so that they could communicate with the rescue team.
Ten days into a relentless Silkyara Tunnel rescue operations, workers trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand were seen for the first time early this morning as a camera inserted through a pipe captured their visuals.
An endoscopic flexi camera was pushed via a six-inch pipe inserted through the rubble last night to send food for the 41 workers trapped since a portion of the tunnel caved in on November 12.
The workers, with thick beards, were seen in their hard hats and work gear, waving to the camera, communicating that they are coping well. Rescue officials engaged in the Silkyara Tunnel operations, speaking to the workers through Walkie Talkies or radio handsets, were seen asking the workers to come in front of the camera.