Following the successful rescue of 41 workers trapped inside Uttarakhand’s Silkyara tunnel, District Magistrate Abhishek Ruhela stressed on Wednesday that strict medical protocols are being followed, ensuring the workers’ observation and continued care.
“Following doctors’ recommendations, workers are being transferred to specialized centers for further medical examination. Strong medical protocols are being observed, and they remain under continuous observation,” stated DM Ruhela.
The rescued workers, transported from Chinyalisaur to AIIMS Rishikesh, underwent further medical assessments, arriving via an IAF Chinook helicopter.
Expressing gratitude, the District Magistrate lauded the rescue teams and central agencies involved in the painstaking operation, while Superintendent of Police Arpan Yaduvanshi recounted the emotional moment when the first worker emerged from the tunnel, noting Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s visibly moved reaction.
“Numerous agencies were part of the rescue; when the first worker emerged, CM Dhami and everyone present were deeply emotional,” shared SP Yaduvanshi.
Meanwhile, CM Dhami confirmed an incentive of Rs 50,000 each for all personnel involved in the Silkyara Tunnel rescue operation. He personally visited the recovered workers at Chinyalisaur Hospital, assuring their health after complete medical examinations.
Addressing concerns about accountability, CM Dhami revealed that the Indian government has initiated a comprehensive safety audit of tunnels constructed across the country.
The successful evacuation of all 41 workers trapped since November 12 received commendation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who lauded their resilience, the bravery of the rescue teams, and the collaborative spirit displayed throughout the operation. PM Modi hailed the mission as an epitome of humanity and teamwork.