Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed the state government’s readiness to extend assistance to the rescue agencies. Multiple agencies, including officials from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), are on-site, tackling the complexities of the challenging rescue operation.
The ordeal continues for the workers trapped inside the tunnel in Uttarkashi, stretching over 170 hours, as ongoing efforts are meticulously executed to ensure their safety. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, shed light on the rescue operation, emphasising that, if the machines function optimally, it would take a minimum of 2 days to reach the 41 workers ensnared within the tunnel.
In discussions with the media, Gadkari underscored that the primary focus is on preserving the lives of the workers. “If the auger machine works properly, we will be able to reach them in the next 2-2.5 days. Roads are being made by BRO (Border Roads Organization) to bring in special machines. Several machines have arrived here. Two auger machines are currently working to carry out rescue operations,” he stated.