Uttarkashi, Nov 13: At least five persons from Odisha are among the 40-workers who have been trapped after an under-construction tunnel on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri National Highway in Uttarkashi district which partially collapsed on Sunday.
Efforts are on to rescue all the trapped workers by NDRF, SDRF, and the local police.
The trapped workers from Odisha have been identified as Tapan Mandal from Sankarshanpur, Bhagaban Batra from Nabarangpur, Bisweswar Nayak from Mayurbhanj, Raju Naik from Mayurbhanj and Dhiren from Badakudar while other workers trapped inside the tunnel are mostly from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh.
All the 40 workers are currently safe and being supplied with oxygen through a pipe. Rescue officials are sending water and food items. Sources said, the workers were engaged in the construction work of the tunnel.
The tunnel is being constructed to connect Silkyara to Dandalgaon in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi. Worth mentioning, the tunnel is being built under the Char Dham Road Project and aims to reduce the journey from Uttarkashi to Yamunotri Dham by 26 km.