Disaster of Uttarakhand: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha – Work on evacuation of 25-35 people stranded in tunnel continues

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the NTPC’s construction of about 25 to 35 personnel was on the brink of war as a result of Sunday’s floods in the Uttarakhand ish Shiganga River. In the crash, 15 people were trapped in another tunnel.

Shah said in a statement to the Rajya Sabha on an automated basis that the avalanche occurred in the upper basin of the ish shiganga, a tributary of the Alkhananda in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at around 10 am on February 7. . Because of this, the water level of the ish Shiganga River suddenly increased significantly.

Due to floods in Ish Shiganga, the 13.2 megawatt hydroelectric project has been completely choked, he said. The NTPC damaged the 520 MW hydroelectric project in Tapovan, which is under construction.

According to Shah, the Uttarakhand government has said there is no danger of flooding in the lowlands. At the same time, the water level is also decreasing. He said that central and state institutions are closely monitoring the situation.

The Home Minister, who shared the information from the satellite, said the avalanche was at an altitude of 5,600 meters above sea level. This snowflake was about 14 square kilometers big. Due to this, sudden flooding occurred in the lower regions of the ish shiganga.

Shah, who shared information from the Uttarakhand government, said that as of 5pm on Monday evening, 20 people had lost their lives and six others were injured. The disaster left 197 people, including 139 employees of the NTPC, 46 employees of the ish shiganga project and 12 villagers.

He said 12 NTPC personnel were safe from the tunnel. 15 people of the ish shiganga project were also rescued during the incident. “An estimated 25 to 35 people are trapped in another NTPC tunnel,” Shah said. The effort to save these people continues in the footsteps of war. At the same time, there is a huge amount of work to do to find the missing.

He said the state government had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the disaster. Shah said 13 villages near the site of the incident had been cut off. Logistics, essentials and medicines are being transported by helicopters to these villages.

The home minister said the center was being monitored at a 24-hour high. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is monitoring the situation. He added that both control rooms of the Home Ministry are monitoring the situation for 24 hours and are giving all possible assistance to the state government.

The Minister of State has visited the site and undertaken a collection of relief work taking place there, he said. ITBP has set up its Relief Center there and 450 personnel are involved in the relief work.

“Five teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also reached the spot,” Shah said. Eight military teams, including the engineering team at the incident site, were involved in the rescue operation. A medical column and two ambulances were also placed at the scene. A naval dive team and five Air Force helicopters are also deployed in the process. “A control room has also been set up at Joshimath,” he said.

“In the tunnel where people were trapped, after a continuous attempt by the army all night, the debris stored in the mouth was removed and penetrated into the interior,” the home minister said. A meeting of the National Disaster Management Committee was held at 4:30 pm on the subject of rescue and relief.

Shah said various agencies of the state government were also involved in disaster and rescue operations. He said the state government has restored the power supply in all places. He assured the House that the Central Government, in cooperation with the State Government, would be doing all the work for relief and rescue work and all necessary assistance would be made available.

After this, all the members stood in silence for a few moments in honor of the people who lost their lives in this tragedy. Honors paid tribute to the dead and hoped that the rescue and relief work undertaken after this disaster would be appropriate.


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