Uttarakhand tunnel crash: 'Rat-hole mining may be illegal', but rat mining experts succeed where machines failed

Twelve rat-hole mining experts were involved in the horizontal excavation.

29 Nov 2023

From desperation to relief: Uttarkashi's Silkyara tunnel witnesses miraculous rescue of 41 workers

The 41 labourers were stranded after a portion of the Silkyara tunnel on the Silkyara-Dandalgaon route, being built to facilitate the Chardham Yatra route, collapsed on November 12 on Diwali day.

29 Nov 2023

Rescuers break through Silkyara tunnel rubble, end of ordeal for 41 trapped workers

A special ward with 41 oxygen-supported beds was readied days earlier at the community health centre in Chinyalisaur, about 30 km from Silkyara, for the rescued workers.

28 Nov 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Manual digging to begin soon as rescuers drill 38 metres vertically

After removing the 'head' of the Auger machine trapped inside the tunnel, a team of 'rat miners' who specialize in excavation will carry out manual digging here.

27 Nov 2023

Vertical drilling continues amid adverse conditions in bid to rescue workers from Uttarakhand tunnel

With snowfall having started around Yamunotri Dham and the rainy season continuing in low-lying areas, the  rescue team is faced with a challenging task.

27 Nov 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Vertical drilling only after horizontal option is over

The auger machine managed to drill about 47 metres horizontally into the rubble in phases and insert 2.7 ft wide pipes into it before the blades of the drill head broke and got stuck in the debris.

26 Nov 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Rescue team mulls shift to vertical drilling strategy

Another drill machine is being brought from Hyderabad to further strengthen the rescue operation, Uttarakhand Finance Minister Premchand Agarwal told The New Indian Express.

25 Nov 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Fresh horizontal drill hurdle; vertical option on

The US auger machine that had to halt on Thursday after colliding with a metallic object, resumed drilling on Friday afternoon but stopped soon after, since a metal rod came in its way.

25 Nov 2023

Trapped workers spend one more night in Uttarakhand tunnel as technical faults hamper rescue bid

Drilling was resumed on Friday afternoon, only to be stopped again shortly afterwards due to another encounter with a metal rod.

24 Nov 2023

Silkyara tunnel crisis: Auger drilling to resume soon, rescue likely to be done by Saturday

 The incident occurred when a metal rod collided with the auger machine, causing a pipe to break and deform.

24 Nov 2023

Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Now, unstable base of the auger machine delays further drilling

Work to resume after strengthening platform; wait gets longer for rescue of labourers in tunnel

24 Nov 2023

Amid technical hurdles, 41 workers to spend twelfth night in collapsed Uttarakhand tunnel

On Wednesday night, there was hope that after three hours of drilling, the rescue team would reach the labourers, but on Thursday, the Auger machine had to be stopped after hitting a metal shaft.

23 Nov 2023

Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Rescue of 41 tunnel workers hours away

The trapped men to be strapped on to small-wheeled stretchers and pulled out through 800-mm pipes using a rope

23 Nov 2023

Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Rescuers reach closer to the 41 trapped workers through 800 mm pipes

The workers will be pulled out of the tunnel with a small wheeled stretcher through an 800 mm pipe by rope, from where they will be immediately taken to the hospital for examination by ambulance.

22 Nov 2023

Silkyara tunnel collapse: Rescuers complete 45-meter pipe drilling, 12 meters remaining

The official engaged in the rescue work believes that if all goes well, the workers will be evacuated by or before the early hours of Thursday.

22 Nov 2023

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