Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Highlights: All Workers Rescued, PM Calls It "Matter Of Great Satisfaction"

Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Highlights: Rescuers pulled out the trapped workers on stretchers tied to ropes.

Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Highlights: All Workers Rescued, PM Calls It 'Matter Of Great Satisfaction'

Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Highlights: Workers were pulled out on wheeled stretchers

Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates:

All the forty-one workers who were trapped inside Uttarakhand's Silkyari tunnel since November 12 were evacuated safely today. The rescued workers were draped in orange marigold flower garlands and were greeted by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister VK Singh.

The trapped workers were pulled out through 57 metres of steel pipe on stretchers fitted with wheels. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in praising the courage and patience of the trapped workers and their families and the bravery and determination of the rescue personnel. 

"The success of the rescue operation of our labourer brothers in Uttarkashi is making everyone emotional. I want to say to those trapped in the tunnel that your courage and patience are inspiring everyone. I wish you all well and good health. It is a matter of great satisfaction that after a long wait, our friends will now meet their loved ones. The patience and courage these families have shown in this challenging time cannot be appreciated enough," he wrote on X.

On November 12, a section of the tunnel between 205 and 260 metres from the Silkyara side collapsed. Workers who were beyond the 260-metre mark were trapped, with their exit blocked. 

Here are the Highlights on the Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operation:

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Nov 29, 2023 03:01 (IST)
S Jaishankar Commends Grit And Determination After Successful Rescue Of Silkyari Tunnel Workers
: After the successful evacuation of all 41 workers who were trapped inside Uttarakhand's Silkyari tunnel for 17 days, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed gratitude to all those who were behind the rescue operation.

He also praised the determination of those trapped people who suffered such adversity without giving up hope.

Taking on his social media X, EAM Jaishankar stated, "We will leave no stone unturned to protect our own. Heartfelt gratitude to all those who worked tirelessly to rescue those trapped in the tunnel. Commend the grit and determination of those who faced such adversity without giving up hope."  

Nov 29, 2023 02:34 (IST)
Rajnath Singh Lauds Work Of Organisations Engaged In Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday lauded the efforts of agencies, organisations, and people involved in the Uttarakhand rescue operation.

"I feel extremely happy with the news of the safe rescue of all the workers trapped in the tunnel accident in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The whole country was following the efforts. The entire country has heaved a sigh of relief with its success. This is a moment of joy for the families of all workers.. I congratulate their families," Singh said in a post on 'X'.

"The biggest contribution in rescuing all these labourers trapped in very difficult and challenging conditions is of all the agencies engaged in relief and rescue work like NDRF, SDRF, Uttarakhand Police and the armed forces. I heartily congratulate them," the Union Minister added. 
Nov 29, 2023 01:55 (IST)
No One Critical: Uttarakhand Chief Minister After 41 Labourers Rescued From Tunnel
 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday said none of the 41 labourers rescued from an under-construction road tunnel in Uttarkashi district was in a critical condition.

"All of them were healthy. They crawled out of the passage rather than being carried on stretchers," Dhami told reporters soon after the evacuation of the labourers from the Silkyara tunnel.

He said the labourers, who were trapped in the tunnel for almost 17 days after a portion of the structure collapsed due to a landslide on November 12, will be kept under medical observation, before being sent home.

Nov 28, 2023 23:54 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue: "Exceeded Expectation": Rescue Op Chief To NDTV On Uttarakhand Rescue
The rat miners who made the breakthrough in Uttarakhand, digging the last 12 metre stretch in less than 24 hours, had "beaten expectations," said Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, a member of NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority).
Nov 28, 2023 23:36 (IST)
PM Modi Speaks To Workers Rescued From Uttarakhand Tunnel Over Phone
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to workers, who were rescued from the collapsed tunnel after 17 days, over the phone after the operation was declared a success.
Nov 28, 2023 23:13 (IST)
All Of 41 Workers Rescued From Tunnel Are Fit: Uttarakhand Chief Minister
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami today said none of the 41 labourers rescued from an under-construction road tunnel in Uttarkashi district was in a critical condition.
Nov 28, 2023 22:14 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: How Border Roads Organisation Aided The Himalayan Rescue Op
The much-awaited breakthrough and the rescue of the 41 workers trapped in the Silkiyara Tunnel since November 12 has moved the focus back on the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) - the resilient force behind the Himalayan operation.
Nov 28, 2023 22:03 (IST)
Uttarakhand To Provide Financial Aid Of Rs 1 Lakh Each To Trapped Workers
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the Uttarakhand government will provide financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to each all the workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel. 

"Apart from this, complete arrangements will be made for their treatment in the hospital till going home," he said.
Nov 28, 2023 22:00 (IST)
"Finally, God Heard Us": Families Of Workers Rescued From Uttarkashi Tunnel
In Khirabeda, relief and happiness writ large on the faces of the family members of three workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand after the news of their rescue reached this nondescript village on the outskirts of Ranchi.
Nov 28, 2023 21:33 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: "They Hugged Us," Say Rat-Hole Miners On Meeting Trapped Workers
Rat-hole miners emerged as the heroes as they drilled with their hands to safely evacuate all 41 workers trapped in a collapsed Uttarakhand tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 21:31 (IST)
"No Tunnel Is...": Anand Mahindra After 41 Workers Rescued From Uttarakhand Tunnel
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has praised the workers who were trapped inside Uttarkashi tunnel for 17 days. 
Nov 28, 2023 21:24 (IST)
"Want To Thank Everyone Invovled In Rescue Operation," Says Pushkar Singh Dhami.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has thanked everyone involved in the tunnel rescue operation. Speaking to reporters, he also said that PM Narendra Modi was constantly in touch with him and was taking updates of the rescue operation. 

"He (PM Modi) gave me the duty to rescue everyone safely anyhow...Without his support, this wouldn't have been possible," Mr Dhami said.
Nov 28, 2023 21:07 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: Smiles, Sigh Of Relief As Workers Out Of Tunnel After 17 Days. See Pics
Hope has finally won after 17 days. Workers trapped in Uttarkashi's Silkyara tunnel were brought out today evening, ending the 17-day marathon operation, and bringing a huge relief to the country.
Nov 28, 2023 21:03 (IST)
"Feel Relieved": President Droupadi Murmu As 41 Workers Rescued From Uttarkashi Tunnel
President Droupadi Murmu has said that she "feels relieved" that 41 workers have been rescued from the Uttarkashi tunnel. 

"I feel relieved and happy to learn that all the workers trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand have been rescued. Their travails over 17 days, as the rescue effort met with obstacles, have been a testament of human endurance," she posted on X. 

"The nation salutes their resilience and remains grateful to them for building critical infrastructure, even at great personal risk, far away from their homes," President Murmu said and congratulated the teams and all experts who "acted with incredible grit and determination" to perform "one of the most difficult rescue missions" in history.
Nov 28, 2023 20:56 (IST)
"Matter Of Great Satisfaction ": PM Narendra Modi After Workers Rescued From Uttarakhand Tunnel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is a "matter of great satisfaction" that all the trapped workers were safely evacuated from the Uttarakhand tunnel.

In a post on X in Hindi, he also told his "friends" who were trapped in the tunnel that their "courage and patience" is inspiring everyone. 

"It is a matter of great satisfaction that after a long wait these friends of ours will now meet their loved ones. The patience and courage that all these families have shown in this challenging time cannot be appreciated enough," he said.

"I also salute the spirit of all the people associated with this rescue operation...Everyone involved in this mission have set an amazing example of humanity and teamwork," Prime Minister Modi wrote.
Nov 28, 2023 20:54 (IST)
"Victory Of Patience, Hard Work And Faith": Uttarakhand Chief Minister After Workers Rescued
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that it is a "victory of patience, hard work and faith" after all the 41 trapped workers were rescued from the Uttarkashi tunnel.

He also shared a video on X, in which he can be seen with the rescued workers.
Nov 28, 2023 20:51 (IST)
"Completely Relieved" Union Minister Nitin Gadkari After 41 Trapped Workers Rescued
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that he is "completely relieved and happy" as 41 trapped workers in the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse were successfully rescued.

"This was a well-coordinated effort by multiple agencies, marking one of the most significant rescue operations in recent years. Various departments and agencies complemented each other despite facing numerous challenges. Tireless and sincere efforts by everyone, coupled with prayers from all, have made this operation possible. The dedicated endeavors of the rescue teams have yielded favorable results," he said.

He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for constantly monitoring the entire operation and "providing guidance and support whenever required". 
Nov 28, 2023 20:45 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: All 41 Workers Evacuated Safely Now
All the 41 workers trapped inside a Uttarkashi tunnel have now been safely rescued. They have now been taken into ambulances for further health check-ups.
Nov 28, 2023 20:41 (IST)
Uttarakhan Tunnel Rescue Ops: Pushkar Dhami, Minister VK Singh Greet Rescued Workers With Garlands
The workers were pulled out from the collapsed portion of the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi after 17 days.
Nov 28, 2023 20:40 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue News Updates: More Pictures Of Rescued Workers
More pictures of workers rescued from the Uttarakhand tunnel.

Nov 28, 2023 20:36 (IST)
Uttarkakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: 35 Workers Evacuated Safely Now
35 workers have so far been rescued from the tunnel. Just six more workers remain inside the tunnel now.
Nov 28, 2023 20:31 (IST)
33 Workers Trapped Inside Silkyara Tunnel Rescued Safely
After over 400 hours, 33 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand have now been safely rescued.
Nov 28, 2023 20:29 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: "Initial Health Checkup Of Evacuated Workers Being Done," Says Pushkar Singh Dhami
Initial health checkup of all the evacuated workers is being done in the temporary medical camp built in the tunnel, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said today. On his official X account, he also posted a picture with one of the rescued workers.
Nov 28, 2023 20:26 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: 18 Workers Evacuated Safely Now
18 of the 41 workers have so far been evacuated from the Uttarkashi tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 20:23 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Locals Distribute Sweets Outside Silkyara Tunnel. Watch
As trapped workers are being rescued from the tunnel, locals distribute sweets to people outside the Silkyara tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 20:20 (IST)
"We Are Celebrating Diwali Again": Locals As Trapped Workers Rescued
Local people who have gathered near the Uttarakhand tunnel site are saying that they are "celebrating Diwali again", minutes after several trapped workers were rescued after 17 days.
Nov 28, 2023 20:18 (IST)
Silkyara Tunnel Rescue Operation: 15 Workers Now Evacuated
As many as 15 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand since November 12 have now been successfully rescued.
Nov 28, 2023 20:12 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: 10 Workers Evacuated Safely
10 workers have now been evacuated safely from the Uttarkashi tunnel. 
Nov 28, 2023 20:09 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Live: First Pictures Of Rescued Worker
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami meets the workers who have been rescued from inside the Silkyara tunnel after 17 days.
Nov 28, 2023 20:02 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue News: Third Worker Rescued
Third of the 41 trapped workers has now been brought out from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 19:57 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation: Two Workers Evacuated Safely
Two workers evacuated safely. Evacuation of more workers currently underway.
Nov 28, 2023 19:47 (IST)
"Preparations have Started To Evacuate Workers": Uttarakhand Chief Minister
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that the preparations have started to evacuate the workers safely.

"There has been great success in the ongoing rescue operation in Silkyara tunnel. The work of pushing pipe has been done across the debris. Now preparations have started to evacuate the workers safely," he said on his official X account.

Mr Dhami also shared pictures, standing next to Union Minister VK Singh, looking at the ongoing rescue operations on a pearpoint controller.
Nov 28, 2023 19:38 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Pipe Reaches Workers, Evacuation To Begin Shortly
The pipe has reached the place where the workers are trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel and the evacuation of workers may begin shortly, the news agency ANI reported.
Nov 28, 2023 19:36 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Chinook Chopper, On Stand-By In Uttarakhand, Used In 2021 Tunnel Collapse Too
The Indian Air Force has deployed the twin-rotor heavy lift Chinook helicopter on standby at an airstrip in Uttarakhand's Chinyalisaur, where an emergency medical centre has been set up to treat the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 18:59 (IST)
"May Take Entire Night To Finish Rescue Operations": Senior Official
NDMA Member Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) has said that it may take the entire night to finish the ongoing rescue operation to evacuate the trapped workers.

"According to me, it may take the entire night to complete this operation," he told the news agency ANI.
Nov 28, 2023 18:50 (IST)
Uttarkhashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Chinook Chopper On Standby For Trapped Workers, But Won't Fly Tonight
The Indian Air Force has stationed a Chinook helicopter - a twin-rotor heavy-lift chopper - at the airstrip in Uttarakhand's Chinyalisaur, where an emergency medical centre has been set up to treat the 41 workers trapped underground in the Silkyara tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 18:43 (IST)
"Won't Believe Until...": Families Of Trapped Workers Have Fingers Crossed
For the past 17 days, TV cameras have been pointed at the entry to the Uttarakhand tunnel, where 41 workers were trapped following a collapse. Away from the crosshairs, their families have been trapped in a tunnel where hope fought despair
Nov 28, 2023 18:11 (IST)
"Will Make Kheer For My Son": Mother Of Trapped Worker
As a breakthrough is expected soon in the Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operations, families of the trapped workers are now preparing to welcome them home. 

The mother of one of the workers told NDTV that she would make "kheer" for her son when he returns.
Nov 28, 2023 18:10 (IST)
"Eagerly Waiting For Their Safe Return": Himanta Sarma On 2 Assam Workers
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been monitoring and taking regular updates on the well-being of two workers from the Kokrajhar district, who are among the 41 trapped inside an Uttarkashi tunnel, his office said today.

"Two persons from District Kokrajhar, Assam have been trapped in the Uttarakhand Tunnel. For the last 16 days, HCM Dr @himantabiswa has been constantly monitoring the well-being of the workers and the families in Assam," Assam CMO posted on X.

"Principal Secretary to HCM through DC (Kokrajhar) have been in regular contact with the respective families and authorities in Uttarakhand. We are eagerly awaiting their safe and healthy return," it added.
Nov 28, 2023 17:31 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Live: Rescue Ops Enter Final Stage, Here's What Comes Next
The Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operation is inching towards success and final preparations are now being made for the trapped workers to be brought out.
Nov 28, 2023 17:28 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee Rushes Team To Uttarkashi To Help Trapped Bengal Workers
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that she has rushed a team to Uttarkashi for helping Bengal workers trapped in the tunnel. 

"The team, led by Rajdeep Dutta, Liaison Officer, Office of Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, will help evacuation and safe return of the trapped workers in the tunnel at Silkyara, Uttarkashi to their homes in West Bengal," she said in a tweet.

Three workers from West Bengal -- Manir Talukdar, Sevik Pakhera and Jaidev Pramanik -- have been trapped inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi. 
Nov 28, 2023 17:24 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Workers May Experience "Insomnia, Bad Dreams, Anxiety": Doctor
The 41 Indian construction workers trapped in a collapsed highway tunnel for 17 days will need long-term support after their rescue, including monitoring for post-traumatic stress disorder, officials said on Tuesday.
Nov 28, 2023 17:23 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Tunnel Rescue Official Was Told Rat-Hole Mining Is Illegal. Watch His Response
The rat-hole mining technique, which was outlawed in 2014, was used to clear the last few meters in the operation to rescue 41 workers trapped in the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand.
Nov 28, 2023 17:11 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: Rishikesh AIIMS On Alert
Rishikesh AIIMS is on alert for medical services as tunnel rescue operations entered final stage today. 

A 41-bed ward has been set up in the hospital. A team of cardiac and psychiatric specialist doctors and a trauma surgeon is also present in the hospital.

Workers in critical condition will reportedly be airlifted to Rishikesh AIIMS.
Nov 28, 2023 17:08 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: Sweets Given To Family Members Of A Trapped Worker
Sweets being distributed to the family members of Anil Bedia, one of the workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel. 
There are around 15 workers from Jharkhand trapped in the tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 16:26 (IST)
"Will Take 5 Minutes To Take Out One Trapped Worker": Senior Rescue Official
Taking one trapped worker out of the tunnel will take around five minutes, NDMA member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain said. At a press conference, he also said that rescuing all 41 workers would take around 3-4 hours.

He also said that three NDRF teams consisting 12 members will go inside the tunnel to rescue the trapped workers.
Nov 28, 2023 16:20 (IST)
"Only 2 Metres Left To Reach Workers": Tunnel Rescue Official
NDMA member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain also said that pipes have been pushed in and two more metres are needed to reach the trapped workers. 

Nov 28, 2023 16:16 (IST)
"Near Breakthrough But Not Yet There": Tunnel Rescue Official
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain today said that the rescuers are "near breakthrough but not yet there". 

Speaking at a media briefing in Delhi, he said that the workers trapped inside the tunnel have conveyed they could hear the rescue operation work.

Nov 28, 2023 16:02 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Latest News: Rescue Operation Underway
Nov 28, 2023 15:57 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse Live Updates: Workers To Be Given Aloo Gobhi, Roti, Dal, Rice After Evacuation
As the Uttarkashi tunnel rescue operation enters the final stretch, the food for the trapped workers will be sent along with the ambulances.  

"Aloo gobhi, roti, dal and rice is being sent for the trapped workers," Vikas Rana, Assistant HR at the company constructing the tunnel, told the news agency PTI.
Nov 28, 2023 15:53 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation: Temporary Medical Facility Set Up Inside Tunnel For Workers
A temporary medical facility has been set up inside the tunnel. After evacuating the trapped workers, health training will be done at this place. 

A team of doctors and experts are also present at the makeshift medical facility.
Nov 28, 2023 15:47 (IST)
"Thankful To God, Rescuers": Families Of Workers As Tunnel Op Enters Final Stretch
"We are thankful to God and the rescuers who worked hard to save them," Naiyer Ahmad, whose younger brother Sabah Ahmad is among the trapped workers, told the news agency AFP. 

Naiyer has been camping at the site for over two weeks now.

Sudhansu Shah, who has also been camping out since shortly after the November 12 tunnel collapse waiting for his younger brother Sonu Shah, said relatives had started to celebrate.

"We are really hopeful and happy," he said.
Nov 28, 2023 15:45 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: Disaster Response Team Takes Over Rescue Ops, Workers To Come Out Soon
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel will now pull out the trapped workers one by one with the help of wheeled stretchers tied to ropes. 

The workers will lie upon low-height, wheeled stretchers and NDRF personnel will pull them out one after another using ropes, officials had said a few days back.
Nov 28, 2023 15:38 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live: "Keep Bags Ready", Workers' Families Told As Tunnel Op Reaches Final Stretch
The relatives of the 41 workers have been asked to "be prepared" as rescuers are about to bring them out.
Nov 28, 2023 15:32 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation: Uttarakhand Chief Minister At Tunnel Rescue Site
Earlier in the day, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Silkyara and conducted on-site inspection of the ongoing rescue operations. 
Nov 28, 2023 15:26 (IST)
Video: Global Expert Prays For Uttarakhand Tunnel Workers' Safety
International tunnelling expert Arnold Dix, who joined the operations to rescue the 41 workers trapped in the collapsed Uttarakhand tunnel earlier this month, prayed for the safety of labourers today.

Arnold Dox was seen performing rituals with a priest at a small temple set up by the locals outside the tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 15:21 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel News: Relatives Of Trapped Workers Await Their Return
The relatives of the trapped workers waiting for their return at the tunnel gate.



Nov 28, 2023 15:18 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation: Garlands Brought To Rescue Site
As rescuers move closer to trapped workers, garlands have been brought to the Uttarakhand tunnel site.
Nov 28, 2023 15:05 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: Community Health Center Chinyalisaur where the 41 workers will be taken after they walk out of the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi
Nov 28, 2023 15:00 (IST)
How 41 Workers Got Trapped Inside Uttarakhand Tunnel For 17 Days
On November 12, a section of tunnel between 205 and 260 metres from the Silkyara side collapsed. Workers who were beyond the 260-metre mark were trapped, with their exit blocked. Fortunately for them, the part of the tunnel where they are stuck has power and water supply. While government authorities have maintained that a detailed probe will reveal what led to the collapse, multiple theories are floating around. One of them is that a landslide in the fragile Himalayan region led to the collapse. Several experts have pointed out how hasty development in the ecologically sensitive region was responsible for the incident.

How 41 Workers Got Trapped Inside Uttarakhand Tunnel For 17 Days
Nov 28, 2023 14:55 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates
Preparations complete at Community Health Center Chinyalisaur for the treatment of 41 workers who will be brought here after they are rescued and brought out of Silkyara tunnel.


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Nov 28, 2023 14:48 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates
Union Minister General VK Singh (Retd), former advisor of PMO Bhaskar Khulbe and former Engineer-In-Chief and BRO DG Lieutenant General Harpal Singh (Retd) come out of the Silkyara tunnel. 
Nov 28, 2023 14:48 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: Latest drone visuals show the latest status of the operation to rescue the 41 workers trapped inside Silkyara tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 14:45 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Live: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami arrives at the site of Silkyara tunnel rescue.
Nov 28, 2023 14:37 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: Rescuers Finally Dig Through Debris, Lay Pipes To Bring Out Workers From Tunnel
Pipe-laying work to reach 41 workers trapped in the Silkyari tunnel in Uttarakhand for 17 days has been completed, Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami posted on X Tuesday afternoon. Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, and medical professionals, are now on standby to enter the tunnel and work their way into the collapsed cavern to assess the condition of the trapped men and begin the process of bringing them out.

"As a result of immense grace of Baba Baukh Nagji (and) prayers of crores of countrymen and the tireless work of all rescue teams... the work of laying pipes in the tunnel to take out the workers has been completed. Soon all the labourer brothers will be taken out," Mr Dhami posted on X.

Rescuers Finally Dig Through Debris, Lay Pipes To Bring Out Workers From Tunnel
Nov 28, 2023 14:17 (IST)
Just In| Rescuers Finally Dig Through Debris, Lay Pipes To Bring Out Workers From Tunnel
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami informs that the work of laying pipes in the tunnel to take out the workers has been completed.

Nov 28, 2023 14:10 (IST)
Uttarakhand Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: The ambulance went inside the Silkyara tunnel comes out now.
Nov 28, 2023 13:59 (IST)
Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation Live Updates: An ambulance being taken inside the tunnel.
Nov 28, 2023 13:52 (IST)
Nov 28, 2023 13:52 (IST)
Rat-Hole Miners 3 Metres Away From Trapped Tunnel Workers As Op Enters Day 17
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Nov 28, 2023 13:52 (IST)
Rat-Hole Miners 3 Metres Away From Trapped Tunnel Workers As Op Enters Day 17
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Nov 28, 2023 13:51 (IST)
"Hoping for good news by evening": Nodal Officer for Silkyara rescue raises hope of early evacuation of trapped labourers

Nodal Officer for the Silkyara rescue operation and Secretary to the Uttarakhand government, Neeraj Khairwal informed that if there are no more hurdles, the rescuers are anticipating an early evacuation of the trapped labourers.

He said, "As of now, we have pushed 55.3 metres of the pipe. This includes clearing of the rubble as well as laying the pipe. Only a little more distance remains. It might be somewhere between 57-59 metres."

"It might take a few more hours if there are no more hurdles. By evening we are hoping. Let's pray and hope for the best," he added.
Nov 28, 2023 13:46 (IST)
Why Was Rat-Hole Mining Banned?
The National Green Tribunal banned rat-hole mining in 2014 for being unscientific, but the practice continues to be rampant. Several accidents have resulted in deaths of rat-hole miners in the Northeastern state. In 2018, 15 men involved in illegal mining were trapped inside a flooded mine. Only two bodies could be recovered in the course of the rescue operation that lasted for more than two months. Another such accident took place in 2021 when five miners were trapped in a flooded mine. Three bodies were found before rescue teams called off the operation after a month. Add to this the environmental pollution caused by this method.

Nov 28, 2023 13:45 (IST)
What Is Rat-Hole Mining?

Rat-hole mining is a method of extracting coal by digging very small pits, not more than 4 feet wide. Once the miners reach the coal seam, tunnels are made sideways to extract the coal. The coal brought out is dumped nearby and later transported via highways. In rat-hole mining, workers enter the mines and use hand-held tools to dig. This is the most common method of mining in Meghalaya, where the coal seam is very thin and any other method risks being economically unviable. The small size of the tunnels make children the best fit for the hazardous job, and in a state that has limited options for livelihood, many line up for the risky job. Many children also pose as adults to get work in such mines.

Nov 28, 2023 13:45 (IST)
How Rat-Hole Mining, Outlawed, May Save 41 Trapped In Uttarkashi Tunnel
Rat-hole mining to rescue the trapped workers began yesterday after a 25-tonne auger machine failed in the last leg of the challenging operation. This method of manual drilling has made quick progress and the diggers are now metres away from the workers who have been confined for 17 days.


Nov 28, 2023 13:42 (IST)
Trapped Tunnel Workers Just 3 Metres Away As Rescuers Dig Through Rubble
A team of "rat-hole miners" began manual drilling operations yesterday to reach the 41 workers trapped within the debris of the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi as rescue ops entered Day 17. Read more

Nov 28, 2023 13:40 (IST)
  • A team of 24 seasoned "rat-hole mining" experts are involved in the manual drilling process and excavate a narrow passageway toward the trapped workers. 
  • This time-consuming task will involve removing debris and creating a safe route for the rescue operation. The workers are just 5 metres away from the rescue team.
  • Manual drilling operations began at the tunnel yesterday. 
  • Initial drilling efforts were conducted using a large auger machine that got stuck in the rubble on Friday, prompting authorities to look for alternative methods -  vertical drilling from above the tunnel. 
  • Approximately 40% of the required 86-metre vertical drilling has been completed.
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