Efforts to rescue 41 workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in Uttarkashi entered the second week with limited progress. Rescuers adopted a five-pronged approach, including carving a mountaintop track to reach the tunnel's top for vertical hole drilling.
Two "lifelines" were being pushed through debris—one horizontally and another vertically—to provide food and explore rescue options. Various agencies, including ONGC and Rail Vikas Nigam, were engaged in the operation. Challenges, such as difficult terrain and soil variability, caused delays.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed hope for a successful rescue in 2-3 days if drilling resumes. Operations temporarily paused due to machine issues and safety concerns. Despite the setbacks, rescuers remain determined to reach the workers and bring them to safety.
The trapped workers have been provided with anti-depression tablets to help them cope with their situation. Mental health support is crucial in such challenging circumstances, and the tablets aim to provide some relief to those trapped in the tunnel.
As the rescue operations continue, it is essential to maintain hope and support the efforts of the rescuers. The situation remains serious, but with the collective efforts of all involved, a successful rescue is still possible.