Uttarkashi tunnel: 'Rescue mission in last step’, says Uttarakhand CM

Two more pipelines to be inserted to achieve breakthrough, says official

Uttarkashi rescue mission Security, SDRF and other personnel at the under-construction Silkyara tunnel | PTI

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Friday that the mission to rescue workers trapped in the partially collapsed Silkyara tunnel is in its last step and expressed hope that the mission will be completed soon.

Talking to reporters, Dhami said, “The rescue operation is in its last step. PM Modi takes all the updates about the difficulties that workers might face and discusses the solutions. All the agencies of both the central and state governments are working together for the rescue operation. We hope that soon this operation will be completed and all the workers will come out,” ANI reported.

Earlier, Dhami tweeted that he had a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he gave detailed information to the prime minister about the rescue operation. “Prime Minister was informed about the solution to the problem arising in front of the auger machine, the condition of the workers, the food and other daily items given to them as well as the health facilities prepared for the workers when they come out of the tunnel,” Dhami said.

Mahmood Ahmed, Additional Secretary Technical, Road and Transport visited the tunnel site on Friday and said, "The auger drilling machine has been reassembled. A new pipe will be put in after the welding which process will take two hours. After two hours, we will push the pipe in (inside the tunnel). I hope we face no obstacles. Two more pipes of 6 metres length each have to be inserted. The first pipe will reach 51-52 metres, with the next 6-metre length, we hope to breakthrough." 

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