Triumph over tragedy – Uttarakhand tunnel rescue ends in jubilation
After a grueling 17-day rescue operation, all 41 workers trapped inside the under-construction Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand were evacuated safely. The success of this massive operation brought relief and joy to millions across India, turning a tense situation into a celebration of resilience and hope.
Celebrations Erupt as Workers Emerge from the Tunnel
As the workers were carried out through 187 feet of steel pipe on specially fitted stretchers, celebrations broke out with chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ echoing outside the tunnel. A sense of national pride swept through the crowds as locals distributed sweets, celebrating this remarkable achievement.
Chief Minister’s Visit and Workers’ Health Check-Up
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was present at the site, meeting the workers and inquiring about their health. The rescued workers were immediately taken to a temporary medical camp for initial check-ups and acclimatization to outside temperatures.
Dramatic Final Phase of the Operation
In a turn of events, authorities resorted to the banned “rat-hole”-mining technique after high-tech machinery failed. Laborers manually dug through the rocks, displaying incredible bravery and determination to save their fellow workers.
National and Government Leaders Praise the Rescue Effort
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed their gratitude and relief over the successful operation. Modi praised the courage and patience of the trapped workers, while Gadkari commended the well-coordinated effort of multiple agencies.
The Incident and the Ensuing Rescue Mission
The incident occurred on November 12, when a landslide caused the tunnel to cave in, trapping the workers. Efforts to establish contact and provide essential supplies to the workers were initiated immediately, leading to this successful rescue.