Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse: Manual drilling to begin tomorrow after extraction of auger machine

The manual drilling for the ongoing Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operation will begin tomorrow after the auger machine is extracted.

Dehradun: The manual drilling for the ongoing rescue operation at the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand will begin tomorrow after the US-made auger machine is extracted.

The US-made auger machine faced unexpected glitches at the final stage of the 14-day-long operation. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami assured the public that despite the hiccup, the morale of the trapped construction workers remains high.

Chief Minister Dhami, on Saturday, provided an update on the rescue efforts, revealing that the auger machine had encountered issues once again. However, he informed that the machine is expected to be extracted by tomorrow morning. Following its removal, manual digging will begin to reach the trapped workers.

Dhami personally spoke with the construction workers, who assured him of their well-being, stating, “Do not worry about us. Take your time and safely take us out from here.” The chief minister expressed the workers’ contentment with the provided food and be in their high spirits during this challenging time.

The US-made auger machine, tasked with drilling through debris to create a passage for the trapped workers, has faced recurring challenges since its deployment on November 16. The machine, designed for heavy-duty drilling, encounters stoppages whenever it encounters metal obstructions in its path.

To address the current snag, a plasma cutter is being dispatched from Hyderabad to cut the auger machine free from the tunnel where it got stuck.

The Silkyara tunnel collapse occurred four days before the deployment of the auger machine, trapping 41 workers underground.

Also Read: Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse: Hope To Rescue Trapped Workers By Evening, Says Bhaskar Khulbe

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