HomeNationSilkyara Tunnel Rescue: A 17-Day Timeline of Triumph and Perseverance

Silkyara Tunnel Rescue: A 17-Day Timeline of Triumph and Perseverance

X: @the_news_21

After an arduous 17-day rescue mission, a significant breakthrough emerged on Tuesday as all 41 workers, ensnared within the partially collapsed Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, were successfully extricated. The first worker emerged from the tunnel’s confinement at 7:56 PM, setting off a chain of liberations as each subsequent individual was safely brought out.

The complex and demanding task of reaching the trapped workers within the 2-kilometer-long, 8.5-meter-high tunnel encountered substantial hurdles. Initially relying on advanced horizontal drilling techniques via an auger machine, authorities encountered technical glitches, prompting a shift to manual drilling to clear the final 10 meters of obstructive debris.

Implementing vertical drilling and resorting to the contentious but effective rat-hole mining method, a team of twelve specialists meticulously navigated confined spaces to manually excavate within the tunnel. This challenging process, commenced on Monday, posed risks but proved pivotal in the workers’ ultimate rescue.

Anticipating the workers’ release, a specialized ward equipped with 41 oxygen-supported beds was established at the Chinyalisaur Community Health Center, approximately 30 kilometers from Silkyara. Medical staff stood ready, prepared to attend to the rescued workers’ immediate needs and facilitate transportation to advanced medical facilities if required.

The timeline of this exhaustive rescue operation traces its evolution from the initial entrapment on November 12, unraveling the tireless efforts and intricate strategies employed to achieve this remarkable feat:

  • November 12: Landslide traps 41 laborers in Silkyara-Dandalgaon tunnel on the Brahmkhal-Yamunotri highway in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi, initiating rescue efforts.
  • November 13: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visits the site, establishes communication using an oxygen supply pipe.
  • November 14: Initial attempts using an auger machine result in minor injuries to workers; essential supplies provided.
  • November 15: Enhanced drilling equipment requested and airlifted from Delhi.
  • November 16: Operation begins with new drilling machine.
  • November 17: Drilling progresses but halts due to obstacles; another auger machine flown in from Indore.
  • November 18 – 22: Evacuation plans devised, drilling alternates explored, and continuous efforts to breach the debris.
  • November 23 – 28: Challenges persist, including technical malfunctions and obstacles; manual drilling initiated, leading to the eventual breakthrough on November 28.

The triumphant culmination of this operation stands as a testament to relentless determination, collaboration, and innovation, marking a monumental success in the face of adversity.


  1. I found this article both enjoyable and educational. The insights were compelling and well-articulated. Let’s dive deeper into this subject. Check out my profile for more discussions!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read