Source: HT News Service.
Published on: December 1, 2023


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In a remarkable turnaround lasting 17 days, a total of 41 workers, who were trapped in the Uttarakhand tunnel, were successfully rescued. The commendable efforts of the rescue team garnered praise from notables such as Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan.

Bollywood celebrities are celebrating the successful rescue of 41 trapped workers from the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi. The good news arrived after 17 days of intense hard work by the rescue team. Akshay Kumar was among the first celebrities to praise the efforts of the rescue personnel.

Akshay Kumar & Vir Das on rescue mission

The OMG actor tweeted expressing happiness and relief, “Am completely overwhelmed with happiness and relief to know of the rescue of 41 trapped men. A big salute to every member of the rescue team. Kamaal kar diya. This is a new India and we all feel so proud. Jai Hind.”

Comedian Vir Das posted on his X account, “What a beautiful coming together of science, heart and humanity. Salute to every rescue worker on this amazing operation.” Abhishek Bachchan extended heartfelt gratitude to the rescue team and shared, “A huge debt of gratitude and an even bigger salute to all the rescue workers and all the agencies that worked tirelessly to rescue our 41 workers trapped in the Utarkashi Silkyara tunnel. Jai Hind!”

Bollywood applauded the rescue team

Many more celebrities also reflected similar sentiments. Riteish Deshmukh hailed the rescue team by saying, “Bravo !!! Salute to our rescue team who have worked day & night tirelessly towards getting the workers out who were stuck for the last 17 days. Prayers of the families and the nation are being answered. Ganpati Bappa Morya #UttarakhandTunnelRescue #UttarkashiRescue.”

“All 41 workers rescued from the Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi. Kudos to the 22 agencies which worked day and night for the rescue mission including NDRF, BRO, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, NHIDCL, SJVNL, THFCL, RVNL, ONGC, Coal India and others #UttarkashiRescue,” Jackie Shroff added. Nimrat Kaur posted on X, “Huge congratulations and salute to the remarkable work done across agencies – NDRF, army, engineers, rat hole miners for their relentless efforts to rescue all the trapped workers. So much relief and cheer finally with God’s grace. Bravo!”

More about Silkyara tunnel accident

On November 12, a portion of the tunnel had caved in with the debris falling in the 60-metre stretch on the Silkyara side of the tunnel. The incident trapped 41 labourers inside the under-construction structure, out of which 15 were from Jharkhand, two were from Uttarakhand, five were from Bihar, three were from West Bengal, eight were from Uttar Pradesh, five were from Odisha, two were from Assam, and one were from Himachal Pradesh.

Disclaimer: Except the headline and synopsis, this story has been taken from the HT News Service.