Tunnel collapse in Himachal Pradesh, CM reviews rescue operation

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday visited the under-construction road tunnel in Bilaspur. According to an official, three workers have been trapped since 12 September.

He said, the chief minister spent more than an hour at the spot and reviewed the ongoing massive rescue operation, involving the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the army and the rescue personnel have managed to established contact with two workers – Mani Ram and Satish Kumar. While the information of the third worker, Hirdya Ram, is still unknown.

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According to police around three workers have been trapped since 12 September, when the under-construction tunnel of Kiratpur-Manali four-lane road project collapsed and blocked the passage.

Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur said that eatables, including dry fruit and glucose, were supplied to both the workers through a pipe inserted inside the tunnel. They contacted with workers through a microphone inserted through the pipe after vertical drilling into the tunnel.

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“Their visuals were caught on a camera and they were responding,” he waS quoted by IANS.

On the other side, Deputy Commissioner Manasi Sahay Thakur told,”After drilling another 10 to 12 m, we hope to reach those trapped inside.”

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