1 dead, 9 trapped in J&K tunnel collapse

Ten workers who were working at the opening of the tunnel in Makrokot district of Ramban district were buried when part of the hillside fell on Thursday evening.

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During the joint multi-agency rescue operation, three workers were rescued, and the body of an unidentified worker was recovered on Friday afternoon.

“In light of the new landslide at the accident site, there are few chances for (the workers) to survive,” said Ramban Deputy Commissioner, Masrat Islam, who was supervising with senior police officials, NHAI and the construction company. rescue operations.

Those still trapped were identified as Jadav Roy (23), Gautam Roy (22), Sudhir Roy (31), Deepak Roy (33), Barimal Roy (38), all from West Bengal; Shiva Chun (26) from Assam; Nawaraj Chowdhury (26) and Khushi Ram (25), both from Nepal; Muzaffar (38) and Asrat (30), both of whom are local residents.

A number of tunnels are under construction as part of the expansion of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and this is the first such incident.

The sources said that the victims only penetrated three meters from the slope of the hill on the Makrkut side of the tunnel when the accident occurred. Ramban DC said rescue teams had nearly cleared the wreckage after an operation that lasted more than 14 hours, but the operation was suspended after a new landslide around 4.30pm on Friday.

With the weather also turning hostile, he said, “the rescue operation will resume depending on clear weather and safe conditions at the site for rescue workers.” The revision tunnel is a section of the T-3 tunnel being built to bypass the landslide-prone Panthial stretch of highway. Sources said that at least five tunnels are being built to bypass this 3 km ‘killer’ from Panthial to Makurkot.

The revision tunnel is intended to replenish supplies, workers, machinery and ventilation, along with being used for evacuation purposes in case of any emergency within the main tunnel.

Commissioner of Jammu Division Ramesh Kumar and ADGP (Jammu District) Mukesh Singh also visited the site.

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