BJP fumes as Cong state chief mocks govt over ‘flawed’ Himalayan projects

  • | Sunday | 26th November, 2023

DEHRADUN: Congress state chief Karan Maharas post on X (previously Twitter) targeting the BJP government and the chief minister over flawed projects in the tough terrainsof the Himalayan state, has drawn sharp criticism from the ruling party. The post also carries a caricature showing CM Dhami standing outside the Silkyara tunnel and inviting people for the Global Investors Summit.Meanwhile, BJP has strongly condemned the message, saying, Congress was trying to politicise the issue at a time when the state and country were praying for the safety of 41 lives. Mahara also criticised the CM for campaigning for BJP candidates in poll-bound states while ignoring his own state. While the government is clueless about how the 41 trapped persons would be rescued, it is issuing baseless statements each day. CM Dhami has ignored the issues of the state and is more focused on campaigning for the party. While the state faced serious issues like Joshimath land subsidence, increasing number of road mishaps, poor health facilities, deteriorating law and order situation and corruption, the ruling party leaders were keener in inaugurating half-completed projects, said Mahara. He termed the move to open a temporary CM camp office near Silkyara tunnel an effort to take credit for the rescue operations and self-promotion. Sitting in Matli, CM is claiming to get a Rs two lakh crore investment and inviting investors for the Global Investors Summit. Only time will tell how many will invest in the state after the repeated failures of the government. We also published the following articles recentlyDhami: State to bear expenses of workers families at tunnel siteThe state government will bear expenses for the relatives of trapped workers at the Silkyara tunnel site. Chief Minister Dhami updated PM Modi on the ongoing rescue operations, with the PM assuring necessary resources and coordination. The PMO has taken charge of the rescue operations, implementing a five-pronged strategy. A Congress delegation criticized the slow progress and lack of disaster management at the state and national level.Operation to rescue 41 workers trapped in Silkyara tunnel may take long time: NDMAEfforts to rescue the 41 workers trapped in the Silkyara tunnel are facing challenges as horizontal drilling using an auger machine encounters setbacks. Due to the machine breaking, rescuers are preparing for vertical drilling in the next 24 to 36 hours. The operation is complex and dangerous, and the timeline for completion is uncertain. The Border Roads Organisation has constructed an access road for vertical drilling. The Indian Air Forces assistance is being sought to airlift advanced machinery for the rescue operation.Silkyara tunnel breakthrough not before late MondayThe government remains non-committal about the timeline for the breakthrough at Silkyara tunnel due to technical complexities with the broken joints of the auger. To speed up the process, a Magna cutter machine and specialised workmen are being brought from Rajahmundry. The deployment of the Magna cutter will accelerate the cutting of the auger blades and shaft. Manual excavation will only begin after the cutting task is completed. The rescue operation is technically complex, but the trapped workers are stable and safe. The environmental impact assessment for the project has been done.

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