UTTARAKHAND: As the rescue operation to save the 41 workers trapped in an under-construction tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi entered its ninth day, an international team of tunnelling experts arrived at the site on Monday.
Led by Arnold Dix, president of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA), the experts joined forces with Indian rescue teams to explore every possible avenue to reach the trapped workers.
“We are here to provide our expertise and support to the rescue operation,” Dix stated, addressing the media. “Our team is working closely with the Indian authorities to devise the most effective and safest approach to reach the trapped workers.”
Dix commended the efforts of the Indian rescue teams, highlighting their dedication and professionalism. “The work being done here is commendable,” he remarked. “The team is working tirelessly under immense pressure, and their commitment to saving the trapped workers is truly inspiring.”
The tunnel, being constructed under the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), is part of the government’s ambitious Char Dham all-weather road project.
The collapse of a portion of the tunnel on November 12 trapped the workers, and rescue efforts have been ongoing since then.
The arrival of the international tunnelling experts has infused renewed hope into the rescue operation. Their expertise and experience are expected to play a crucial role in devising a successful strategy to safely reach the trapped workers.