In Uttarakhand on Sunday morning (February 7, 2021), a 2-minute mobile connection proved to be a lifeline for 12 people hanging on an iron rod in a dark tunnel for hours after a watercourse.
In the Tapovan-Vishnugarh NTPC Hydel Power Project, the 12 people who were rescued from the tunnel under construction said that they had given up hope of living, but a 2-minute mobile connection saved their lives.
According to the indian express 26-year-old Basant Bahadur, who was rescued from the tunnel on Sunday afternoon, said, “Tunnels usually do not have mobile networks. We got this network for only 2 minutes which was enough to call our officer. ”
A geologist was also among those rescued from the tunnel. He has been identified as Srinivas. Sreenivas says, “After two days of rain and snowfall, the weather was clear on Sunday, and it was not like there was much rain. We never guessed it. We heard people calling, we were asked to get out. We tried to run outside but by then it was too late. Water and debris had come in and all 12 of us were trapped. We tried to protect ourselves by holding iron bars. “
According to these people trapped in the tunnel, the tunnel was 3 meters wide and 6 meters high. Where the water was filling and shortly there was ice cold water at least 2 meters high below them. They all had no choice but to hang on. After some time he realized that the water level had stabilized and started moving towards the mouth of the tunnel. The cold water filled their shoes with water and after hanging on iron bars for so long, their hands became stiff.
Basant says that he has been working at Tapovan for three years. That day too, he started work from 8 am and heard a terrible voice at 10:30 pm. They did not even get a chance to escape. Water and debris came rapidly. The only hope was a mobile network. As he called his supervisor. He was rescued in about 2-3 hours. Relief workers came with an excavator and everyone was taken out using ropes.
According to Dr. Jyoti Khambara, “None of the 12 have suffered major injuries. But yes, there were some scratch marks on the body and everyone’s body was very cold. He did not get hurt much. But he has gone through a lot of mental stress. We are doing what we can. “