Need to balance ecology and economy: Dhami

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

DEHRADUN: After the successful rescue operation at Silkayara, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said "there is a need for striking a balance between ecology and economy." He told TOI, "We are going to carry out a review of all ongoing tunnel projects in the state. It is our duty to ensure the safety of the people and also those involved in making these tunnels, the CM said.The CM added that the Centre has ordered safety of all tunnel projects in the country.We will follow a similar line in the state, Dhami added.Terming the rescue operation as one of the toughest challenges in his life, Dhami said, I salute the teams involved in the rescue operation. Despite the challenges, they never gave up.He said that talking to the trapped workers boosted his morale as well. When I asked them whether they were afraid, the trapped workers told me that they had full faith in the rescue operations. Their determination came as a big motivation factor for me and the entire rescue team, said Dhami. We also published the following articles recentlyMust balance ecology and growth: Pushkar Singh DhamiUttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami plans to review all ongoing tunnel projects in the state to ensure safety. The Centre has already ordered safety checks for tunnel projects nationwide. Dhami commended the teams involved in the successful rescue operation at Silkayara and expressed gratitude for their perseverance. Additionally, he celebrated the festival of Igas Bagwal with the family members of the 41 rescued labourers at his residence.Operation to rescue 41 workers trapped in Silkyara tunnel may take long time: NDMARescue efforts to save the trapped workers in the Silkyara tunnel are facing challenges due to setbacks in horizontal drilling. The front part of the auger machine broke, leading to preparations for vertical drilling. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) expects vertical drilling to begin within 24 to 36 hours. Alternative options, such as manual drilling and top-down drilling, are being considered. The operation requires advanced machinery, and the Indian Air Forces assistance is being sought. The rescue operation started on November 12 after a landslide caused the tunnel to collapse.Uttarakhand tunnel rescue: Jhansi rat-hole miners begin operation to reach trapped 41 trapped workersSix highly skilled rat-hole miners from Jhansi have teamed up with the Indian Army to rescue 41 trapped workers in Uttarkashis Silkyara tunnel. These miners, known for their expertise in confined spaces, are manually digging through the remaining rubble to reach the workers. In just two hours, they have already excavated nearly a meter. Additionally, a Plan B involving vertical drilling from the top of the hill has made progress, with 36 meters drilled out of a total of 86 meters.

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