Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met and conversed with eight laborers from the state who were rescued in the Silkyara tunnel accident in Uttarkashi. During the meeting, the Chief Minister inquired about their well-being and honored them with gifts. These laborers, along with 33 others, were trapped in the Silkyara tunnel since November 12, and they were safely rescued on November 28.
During the interaction, the CM expressed that the state government stands and will continue to stand with its people in every difficult time. He commended the courage and patience displayed by all the workers. Yogi honored the laborers on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government by covering them with shawls and providing them with sweets and gifts.
Among the 41 laborers trapped in the tunnel accident in Uttarkashi, eight were from Uttar Pradesh. After spending 16 days in the tunnel, all 41 workers were successfully rescued on the 17th day. Of the eight laborers from Uttar Pradesh, six were from Shravasti (Ankit, Ram Milan, Satyadev, Santosh, Jaiprakash, and Ram Sundar), one from Lakhimpur Kheri (Manjeet), and one from Mirzapur (Akhilesh Kumar).
One of the workers shared during the meeting, “When the accident happened, we felt that there was some damage to the oxygen pipe. When we went ahead, we saw debris coming from the front. Our courage broke.'' He continued, ''At the place where we were stuck, the length of the tunnel was 2.5 km and the width was 14 meters. There was so much oxygen in the tunnel that we could stay there for two-three days. Our company and government helped a lot. If the supply of food and oxygen from outside had stopped, our lives would not have been saved.
The worker revealed that the company and the government had made arrangements to ensure that the lights inside the tunnel did not go off even for a minute. He mentioned that when an official from the state government communicated with them inside, they learned that the Government of India, the Government of Uttarakhand, and the government of their state were ready to save them, which provided immense relief.