Five Odia labourers, who along with 36 others, were trapped in the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district for 17 days, have been discharged from AIIMS-Rishikesh, where they were admitted following their rescue.
As per sources, after their discharge from AIIMS, these Odia labourers have been taken to Dehradun from where they will travel to New Delhi. And from New Delhi, they will fly to Odisha on a 9.30 AM flight on Friday.
When contacted over his mobile phone, one of the rescued labourers, Dhiren Nayak said, “The workers from Odisha have been discharged from the hospital and we are now heading towards Dehradun. Our flight from New Delhi to Odisha is at 9.30 am tomorrow.”
Similarly, another Odia labourer Bisweswar Nayak said, “We were discharged from the hospital at 3.40pm. We all are fit and fine.”
Notably, the 41 labourers working in the tunnel were on the night shift. They had entered the tunnel on November 11. They were supposed to come out on November 12 morning. But three subsequent landslides left them trapped inside the tunnel.
Though a rescue operation was immediately launched it encountered many challenges. They, inside the tunnel, their family members back in their houses, and the entire nation was praying for their safe rescue. Eventually, the prayers paid off and the labourers were taken out of the tunnel on Tuesday, November 28.