On Monday, after being trapped over a week in a tunnel in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh’s, two workers were finally rescued by the NDRF team. Both the workers were trapped more than 40 metres underground now after being rescued finally bring relief to their worried family.
Around 4:30 pm, Mani Ram and Satish Tomar were brought out by a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team, that is 9 days after they got trapped following a tunnel collapse where they were working. Still the search is going on for Hirday Ram, the third worker who was with the Ram and Tomar. There is uncertainty over his life as there has been no contact with him so far.
Three workers of the Himalayan Construction Company on September 12 were trapped in Tunnel Number 4 being built for the four-lane project of Kiratpur-Nerchowk after a cave-in blocked the entrance with tonnes of boulders and earth. A project worth Rs 82 crore, the 1.2-kilometre tunnel, had been dug 275 metres when it collapsed 80 metres from the entrance.
On September 17, NDRF team first made contact with Mani Ram and Satish Tomar, and water and food were dropped during the week after engineers drilled a thin 47-metre (154-foot) shaft down to the roof of the tunnel.
An NDRF team today morning made some significant progress in the drilling work on the collapsed cave. However, rescuers soon understood that the entrance was not big enough to bring both of them. The final effort after more drilling was launched in the afternoon.
The authorities contacted Ram and Tomar and gave them a mobile phone that had songs installed on it.
A microphone and remote camera were lowered on Saturday, that enables rescuers to speak to the two workers.