Dehradun : At least 10 of the 41 workers who were stranded inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, were successfully freed on Tuesday night following a 17-day massive operation.
The scene was attended by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, where a number of ambulances and medical personnel were on standby.
Dhami stated in a post on X that “The ongoing rescue operation in the Silkyara tunnel has been extremely successful. Pipe pushing has been completed over the debris. The process of safely evacuating the workers has now begun.”
As soon the workers were pulled out of the under-construction tunnel, a part of which had collapsed on November 12, they were rushed to the hospital in ambulances.
Rat-hole mining was started on Monday evening as rescue efforts to reach the 41 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel entered its 16th day.
The relief and rescue work is being carried out by international experts, NDRF, SDRF, Army and BRO, among others.