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Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Setback to tunnel rescue work, expert says auger machine has busted

When asked about other options such as vertical or manual drilling, international tunnelling expert Arnold Dix said all options are being explored

PTI Uttarkashi Published 25.11.23, 01:15 PM
A vertical drilling machine near the under-construction Silkyara tunnel during the rescue operation of 41 workers trapped inside the tunnel

A vertical drilling machine near the under-construction Silkyara tunnel during the rescue operation of 41 workers trapped inside the tunnel PTI

The auger machine engaged for drilling through the rubble at the Silkyara tunnel to rescue 41 trapped workers has busted, international tunnelling expert Arnold Dix said on Saturday.

"Augering is finished...the auger is broken, destructed," he told reporters in Silkyara.

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The auger machine was facing repeated obstructions in the rubble in the past few days.

When asked about other options such as vertical or manual drilling, he said all options are being explored.

"Every door we are opening has its advantages and disadvantages. What we have to ensure is the safety of the rescuers as well as those who are trapped," he said.

The multi-agency rescue effort began November 12 when a portion of the under-construction tunnel on Uttarakhand's Char Dham route collapsed following a landslide, trapping the 41 workers inside.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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