Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Friday that evacuating 41 workers safely from the Silkyara tunnel is a “big achievement.”
He said that this rescue operation could be completed successfully only under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He further thanked the expert rescue agencies sent by the Central Government, saying that “because of them, we were able to rescue the workers safely. The entire country was praying for 41 lives for 17 days.”
CM Dhami said that if the Prime Minister had not provided adequate resources and human assistance in the Silkyara Tunnel issue, this campaign would not have been successful.
“This accident happened on the morning of Diwali on November 12. The same day in the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me and took complete information about the incident. Our priority was to rescue all 41 workers trapped in the tunnel safely at any cost. With his inspiration, the state government vigorously engaged in the rescue operation. The morale of the teams engaged in rescue increased,” he added.
CM Dhami said that the Prime Minister assured us that we would remain firm on the front and, there wou be no dearth of resources and experts to accomplish the mission.
“From the beginning till the end, the Prime Minister guided and kept taking information from moment to moment. He spoke to the workers who were safely evacuated from the Silkyara Tunnel over phone and inquired about their health and well-being and also encouraged them. Not only this, the Prime Minister instructed what arrangements have been made for the health care of the workers, leaving them at home and for their families after being evacuated from the tunnel. He directed that arrangements should also be made to drop the workers and their families home,” CM Dhami said.
CM Dhami said that after the coming of the government under the leadership of PM Modi at the Centre, a big change has come that no matter where there is a crisis in the country or the world, the Indian government has left no stone unturned in bringing its citizens home safely. The Modi government never left the people living abroad in trouble. This did not happen in earlier governments. This big change has come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed power. The workers trapped in the tunnel and their families had the same belief that the Prime Minister would provide every resource to get the workers out safely.
The Chief Minister said that the country knows that he is the first Prime Minister who has shown a high level of respect to the workers not only in words but also in behaviour.
“He washes the feet of laborers in Kashi. Participates and communicates with workers in the inauguration of the new Parliament. For the first time, the country has seen a Prime Minister showering flowers on workers. It is the feeling of the Prime Minister that he has shown his immense respect towards the workers by the construction of multipurpose Vishwakarma Bhawan in Delhi,” the Chief Minister said.
CM Dhami said that it is the result of the policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India has not only saved its citizens in times of crisis but has also saved the lives of many foreign citizens by running successful operations in water, land and sky and has shown humanity to the world.
“Many examples of tremendous teamwork have been presented. The latest example is the safe return of stranded Indians after the war between Hamas and Israel, or the stopping of the war by both countries for the Indians in the Russia-Ukraine war, the safe return of our citizens has become a guarantee during the tenure of the Prime Minister. This is the impact of India’s prestige in the world today by the Prime Minister that by bringing Indians safely to India during the time of stability in Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan, the Prime Minister has given an assurance to the countrymen that he is like a sensitive guardian of his citizens every moment. Let’s worry,” he said.
During the COVID epidemic, Indians from all over the world returned safely to their country. This faith gave us strength and all the workers were evacuated from Silkyara completely safely, he said.
On November 12, a section of the tunnel between 205 and 260 metres from the Silkyara side collapsed. 41 workers who were beyond the 260-metre mark were trapped, with their exit blocked.
After huge efforts by different rescue teams and 16 days of the rescue operations, all 41 labourers were safely evacuated on November 28