Tunnel mishap: 190 hours & counting

Rains hamper the rescue efforts to pull out three workers trapped inside an under-construction tunnel, which collapsed on September 12 in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. The employees are trapped inside tunnel No 4 of Kiratpur-Nerchowk four-lane project near Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh on September 12. The operation was highly technical and experts from National Authority of India (NHAI), Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam and HP Power Corporation, are on the job. Heavy drilling is being carried out with the use of equipment brought from Mathura by Himalayan Construction Company to speed up the process at the rough and rocky terrain. The horizontal tunnel has diameter of 1-mt, which is sufficient for the rescuers to enter the spot and pull out the trapped persons – Satish Tomar and Mani Ram – employees of Himalayan Construction Company. Two of the three trapped labourers had been confirmed to be alive as the rescue teams established contact through digital camera and microphone after hours of digging. However, there has been no communication established with the third employee – Hriday Ram – trapped in the debris, and his condition remains unknown. The trapped persons are in good state of health and water, juices and food is being supplied to them at regular intervals.
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