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UTTARKASHI, Nov. 27, 2023 (TBINN)

“Don’t be nervous, we’re on it.” That’s what family members of Saba Ahmad, one of the 41 workers trapped at Sikyara Tunnel for the last 15 days, keep telling whenever they communicate with him.

A mic has been sent to the workers, stuck in a two-kilometre built-up area beyond the rubble accumulated in the collapsed part, through a pipe which helps them talk to people outside.

As the rescue operation got delayed due to the hurdles in drilling, Saba Ahmad was counselled by doctors and psychiatrists to keep him motivated, his brother Naiiyar Ahmad told The Bharat.

A team of doctors, stationed at the rescue operation site, talk to the trapped workers twice a day, from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Also, family members of the trapped workers are allowed to talk to them anytime they like. The administration has set up a camp for the kin of workers outside the tunnel.

Naiiyar, who is staying in a room provided by the construction company, near the camp, said he talks to his brother twice daily and also makes sure that Saba’s wife and three children, who are in Bihar’s Bhojpur, talk to him.

We keep motivating him. We never talk about the difficulties and hurdles but tell them that they will come out soon. The workers are doing fine as they get almost every essential item inside,” Naiyyar said.

It has been 15 days since the 41 workers were trapped inside the tunnel after a portion of it collapsed on November 12, 2023. Rescue operation started soon after the incident but work was delayed due to hurdles in drilling.

A team of five doctors, including two psychiatrists, have been stationed at the rescue site round-the-clock.

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