UP CM Adityanath meets workers rescued from Silkyara tunnel

03:08 PM Dec 01, 2023 | PTI |

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the workers of the state who were rescued from Uttarakhand’s Silkyara tunnel after almost 17 days of ordeal at his official residence here on Friday.


Enquiring about their health and well-being individually, the chief minister also asked about their families and since when they had been working in Uttarakhand, an official spokesman said.

He presented shawls and gifts to all the workers, who said that they kept hope and courage intact all through the difficult period while encouraging each other. We were sure that we would definitely come out, they said Ankit (25), Ram Milan (32), Satyadev (44), Santosh (24), Jai Prakash (22), Ram Sunder (26) — all of Shravasti district — Manjit (22) of Lakhimpur Kheri and Akhilesh Kumar (32) of Mirzapur district were among those who met the chief minister.

The workers got trapped inside the tunnel in Uttarakhand after a portion of it collapsed on November 12. They were rescued on Tuesday following 17 days of a multi-agency operation.

Food, medicines and other essentials were sent to them through a six-inch pipe pushed through the rubble of the collapsed portion.


Interacting with the mediapersons before meeting the chief minister, one of the workers said that he went to work at the Silkyara tunnel three months ago. ”After being rescued, I met my father who was present at the site. I would now like to go home and spend time with my family members,” he said.

Another worker while recounting the days of ordeal in the tunnel said that a signal for help was sent through a pipe and they all left their fate to god. ”It was when the camera was put in the tunnel that we got the hope that we would be rescued with large-scale rescue works going on outside,” he said.

However, there were moments of desperation when the machines developed snags in the rescue works but they were finally taken out, he asserted.

Another worker Ram Sunder said that those trapped inside spent time playing ludo and cards.

He said the company rendered help to them and added that he would go again once the work resumes at the construction site of the tunnel.


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