In response to the Uttarkashi tunnel collapse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a telephonic discussion with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, pledging the Central government’s commitment to providing “necessary rescue equipment and resources.” The incident, which occurred on November 12, has left 41 laborers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel.
During the conversation, PM Modi obtained updates on the ongoing relief and rescue operations, stressing the importance of maintaining the morale of the stranded workers. He assured the coordination of efforts between central and state agencies for the safe evacuation of the laborers.
This marked the third communication between PM Modi and CM Dhami regarding the rescue operations in the Silkyara tunnel. Chief Minister Dhami outlined the conditions of the trapped workers, highlighting the provision of regular supplies of oxygen, nutritious food, and water. The Chief Minister emphasized that all agencies are working in seamless coordination, consulting experts to enhance the effectiveness of the rescue operations.
CM Dhami, actively monitoring the situation, conducted an inspection of the site, emphasizing the urgency of evacuating the workers promptly. He informed PM Modi about the presence of medical teams on-site and the oversight from the Prime Minister’s Office in supervising the ongoing rescue operations.
Notably, heavy machinery crucial for the rescue operation has arrived at the Silkyara tunnel via the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri national highway. Nodal Secretary Neeraj Khanna conveyed instructions to the rescue team, emphasizing the need for a swift and efficient rescue operation to ensure the safety of the trapped laborers.