Rescue teams establish contact with workers trapped in Himachal tunnel

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who flew to Bilaspur early on Thursday morning, said efforts were on to establish contact with the third worker, Hriday Ram.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Updated: September 17, 2015 1:37 pm
himachal pradesh, himachal tunnel tragedy, Himachal under-construction tunnel, under-construction tunnel, under-construction tunnel tragedy, Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on his way to the under-construction tunnel on Thursday​. (Source: Express photo by Ashwani Sharma)

Rescue teams managed to establish contact with two of the three workers trapped in an under-construction tunnel since four days in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The administration said that Satish and Mani Ram have responded to remote video calls and have been provided with ORS liquid, water, dry fruits and khichri through a pipe injected vertically.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who flew to Bilaspur early on Thursday morning, said efforts were on to establish contact with the third worker, Hriday Ram.

Two of the workers came close to a tiny camera, which was dropped inside the tunnel after a 43-meter boring was done vertically by the rescue teams, under the supervision of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

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There were 15 to 20 workers inside the tunnel when the mishap took place. The workers were returning after their shift was over but the three got stuck inside.

Chiranjit, a relative of Satish said that he was confident about him surviving in adverse conditions. This is the second time he was trapped as he had undergone similar experience, though briefly, in Kinnaur district also.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court, meanwhile acting on media reports, has asked the state government to submit a status report on the progress made in the rescue operation by Friday afternoon.

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