NEW DELHI: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese praised the authorities of Bharath for successfully executing the rescue operation to evacuate 41 labourers trapped inside the Uttarkashi-Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand.
Albanese also expressed pride in Professor Arnold Dix, an Australian tunnelling expert, who provided technical assistance for the rescue operation.
Philip Green, the Australian High Commissioner to India, lauded the rescue operation, terming it an “immense achievement” on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).
A wonderful achievement by Indian authorities. Proud that Australian Professor Arnold Dix played a role on the ground. 🇦🇺🇮🇳 https://t.co/RI1oSnaUkK
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) November 28, 2023
On November 12, a section of the tunnel between 205 and 260 meters from the Silkyara side collapsed, trapping workers beyond the 260-meter mark.
All 41 workers who had been trapped inside Uttarakhand’s Silkyara tunnel since November 12 were safely evacuated yesterday evening, November 28. The entire country celebrated this moment, followed by global greetings received by rescue team.
The rescued workers, draped in orange marigold flower garlands, were welcomed by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister VK Singh.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the rescuers, highlighting their display of “humanity and teamwork.”
“The success of the rescue operation for our labourer brothers in Uttarkashi is deeply moving everyone. To the friends who were trapped in the tunnel, your courage and patience inspire us all. Wishing you good health,” PM Modi posted on his X handle.