Great Achievement: Australian PM Applauds Rescue of 41 Trapped Workers


GG News Bureau
Canberra, 29th Nov. 
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese praised the Indian authorities for successfully rescuing 41 workers who were trapped inside the Silkyara-Barkot tunnel in Uttarakhand.

He also expressed pride in the role of Professor Arnold Dix, an Australian tunnelling expert, who oversaw the operation and navigated numerous challenges over a two-week period.

“This is a wonderful achievement by the Indian authorities. I am proud that Australian Professor Arnold Dix played a role on the ground,” Mr. Albanese posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Australian High Commissioner to India, Philip Green, also commended the rescue operation, calling it an immense achievement. He highlighted the efforts of Professor Arnold Dix, who provided crucial technical support that led to the safe extraction of all the trapped workers.

“Well done to the authorities for successfully evacuating all 41 workers trapped in the tunnel in #Uttarkhand. Special commendation to Australia’s Professor Arnold Dix, who provided important technical support on the ground,” Mr. Green posted on X.

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 were trapped inside Uttarakhand’s Silkyari tunnel since November 12 were safely evacuated on Tuesday evening, with the breakthrough occurring at 7:05 pm.

The rescued workers were welcomed with orange marigold flower garlands and greeted by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister VK Singh.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also praised the rescuers, stating that they have set an example of humanity and teamwork.

“The success of the rescue operation of our laborer brothers in Uttarkashi is touching everyone’s hearts. I want to say to the friends who were trapped in the tunnel that your courage and patience are inspiring everyone. I wish you all good health,” PM Modi posted from his X handle.

Hours after the safe evacuation of the 41 trapped workers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to them over the phone.

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