Silkyara: Govt plans to drain out water to salvage project | Delhi News – Times of India

Silkyara: Govt plans to drain out water to salvage project | Delhi News - Times of India

New Delhi: In an effort to save it Sulkiara tunnel Under the project in Uttarkashi, the government has first worked on a project to drain the accumulated water in the area where 41 laborers were trapped for 17 days. Delay in pumping out water can further damage the already excavated area. Mining can now only be done by Barkot.
Sources said that last week, top officials of the Ministry of Road Transport, NHIDCL And Nuyoga EngineeringThe contractor working on the 4.5 km tunnel considered this issue. He said that the contractor told the government agencies that there is an urgent need to remove the water to protect the excavation.
A number of options were discussed keeping in mind safety concerns. TOI has learned that as per the plan, a worker will be sent in through a pre-laid pipe and will switch on a motor installed inside the tunnel to pump out the water. “The person who goes inside the tunnel will click a picture after switching the pump. Ministry officials were very particular that everything should be done with utmost safety and no chance of anything going wrong. .
All agencies are on the same page to save the project given the progress and investment so far,” said a source. Sources said that once the road map goes ahead, excavation of around 450-500 meters from Brekot will begin and it will be carried out with maximum safety precautions. He added that due to the recent accident, the timeline of the project will be extended beyond May 2024. Work on this project began in July 2018.

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