Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse: BSNL To Provide Landlines For Trapped Workers To Talk To Families, Check Latest Rescue Ops Update

On November 12, 2023, a tragic incident occurred at the Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. The tunnel, which was under construction, collapsed, trapping 41 workers inside. Despite numerous rescue attempts over the past two weeks, the workers remain trapped, and it appears that it may take some more time to free them.

In an effort to provide some comfort to the trapped workers, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has taken the initiative to enable landline communication for them. This will allow the workers to communicate directly with their families, providing some relief during this challenging time.

In addition to the landline, mobile phones have also been sent to the workers. Although there is no mobile network in the vicinity, there are plans to provide Wi-Fi connectivity. The idea is to allow the workers to play video games to pass the time. There’s also a consideration to provide a cricket bat and ball, as there is ample space inside the tunnel for the workers to play cricket.

The latest update on the rescue operations reveals that the preparation of a protection umbrella is underway inside the tunnel. However, the rescue efforts have faced a setback. Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain (retired), a member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), reported that there has been no progress in the drilling work over the last 24 hours. This is due to a portion of the American-Auger machine breaking and blocking the potential escape route. The broken part needs to be removed before the rescue operation can proceed.

This is a difficult time for everyone involved, and we hope for a swift and successful resolution to the rescue efforts. Our thoughts are with the trapped workers and their families.

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