Himachal Tunnel Caves in, 3 Trapped for Over 20 Hours

Published: 13th September 2015 08:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2015 08:13 PM   |  A+A-

By IANS

SHIMLA: At least three labourers have been trapped since Saturday evening when an under-construction tunnel near Bilaspur town in Himachal Pradesh collapsed and blocked the passage, police said on Sunday.

Fire brigade and police have launched an operation to rescue them.

Official sources said the workers of the Himalayan Construction Company were digging the tunnel when a portion caved in due to landslides. All the trapped workers belonged to the hill state.

Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur told reporters that the tunnel caved in due to seepage of water. The debris blocked the tunnel passage.

Machines have been deployed to pump oxygen into the tunnel, a police official told IANS over phone.

The tunnel, which is part of the under-construction four-laning of the Kiratpur-Manali national highway, is located near Ghumarwin town, around 120 km from the state capital.

Workers involved in the construction work blamed the company for lack of safety measures.

"For the past few days, huge cracks and fissures surfaced in a rock inside the tunnel. The company had been ignoring it and due to its negligence the accident occurred," one of the survivors told police.

Official sources said the cave in took place around 8.30 p.m. on Saturday when workers of the night shift were coming at work. The first shift was over at 8 p.m.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp