A portion of a tunnel below building between Silkyara and Dandalgaon on the Brahmakhal-Yamunotri nationwide freeway right here collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping 36 employees inside, officers mentioned.
Police, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force personnel are on the spot finishing up rescue efforts, Uttarkashi Superintendent of Police (SP) Arpan Yaduvanshi mentioned.
He added that the incident occurred between 6 a.m. and seven a.m.
As per data made obtainable by officers of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), 36 labourers are trapped inside, he mentioned.
Initial studies had, nonetheless, mentioned 40 employees had been trapped.
The collapsed portion is situated about 200 metres from the doorway of the tunnel, the SP mentioned.
He mentioned an oxygen pipe had been inserted into the collapsed a part of the tunnel in order that these trapped wouldn’t have issue respiratory. Food objects are additionally being despatched in and the employees will probably be rescued quickly, Yaduvanshi mentioned.
On the circumstances that led to the collapse, he mentioned the precedence was to save lots of the lives of these trapped contained in the tunnel.
The tunnel is a part of the Char Dham all-weather highway challenge. Its building will cut back the journey between Uttarkashi to Yamunotri by 26 km.