Workers exit collapsed Silkyara tunnel after 17 days, PM Modi lauds 'amazing example of teamwork'
41 workers trapped in Silkyara-Barkot tunnel rescued after 400 hours. They undergo initial health check-up and are whisked away in ambulances. Chief Minister and Union minister interact with rescued workers inside Silkyara tunnel.
41 workers trapped inside a collapsed portion of the Silkyara-Barkot tunnel were rescued in quick succession on Tuesday after approximately 400 hours in the dark. They were brought out on stretchers by NDRF and SDRF personnel and underwent an initial health check up at the temporary medical camp built in the tunnel. The rescued workers were then whisked away from the Silkyara tunnel site in ambulances.
Chants of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Modi hai to Mumkin hai' rang out as the multi-agency rescue operation concluded on Monday evening. Locals were also seen distributing sweets outside the Silkyara tunnel as the rescue efforts continued. They sang in praise of a local deity 'Baba Baukhnag' and offered prayers at a makeshift temple set up in the vicinity.
“I feel relieved and happy to learn that all the workers trapped in a tunnel in Uttarakhand have been rescued. Their travails over 17 days, as the rescue effort met with obstacles, have been a testament of human endurance," tweeted President Droupadi Murmu.
She dubbed it “one of the most difficult rescue missions in history" and hailed the resilience of the trapped workers.
Others including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari have also hailed the rescuers.
“I am completely relieved and happy as 41 trapped laborers in the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse have been successfully rescued. This was a well-coordinated effort by multiple agencies, marking one of the most significant rescue operations in recent years," wrote Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in a lengthy social media post.
“Bharat breathes a sigh of relief as the Silkyara Tunnel rescue operation concludes successfully with the rescue of 41 workers. For the last 17 days, the entire nation was united in praying for their safe return, who displayed remarkable resilience and courage," added Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
(With inputs from agencies)
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