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Silkyara incident: U’khand to review all tunnel projects

Friday, 17 November 2023  | PNS | DEHRADUN

Taking lessons from the tunnel mishap at Silkyara in Uttarkashi district, the Uttarakhand government has decided to undertake a review of all the tunnel projects going on in the State. Interacting with the media persons here on Thursday the Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that many projects are underway in the State where tunnels are being constructed. He added that the State government has also decided to calculate the carrying capacity of the cities and towns of the State. On the Silkyara tunnel collapse incident Dhami said that National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), an agency of the Government of India is constructing the tunnel. He said that the work on the tunnel is almost complete and only a stretch of 400 metre was left and the work was being monitored by the NHIDCL. However, from now on the government will conduct a review of tunnel projects, he said. The CM averred that the State needs the tunnel projects and many of them are going on in the State.

The CM said that all the labourers stranded inside the tunnel are safe and that food and water is being supplied to them. He said that the State administration is providing every kind of support to the agencies engaged in the rescue mission. The CM expressed hope that with the new drill machine the workers will be rescued soon.

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