Silkyara tunnel

All 41 Trapped Workers Rescued Successfully : Uttrakhand

After tireless efforts of rescuers which continued for 16 days, all 41 trapped workers were evacuated successfully from the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, locals distributed sweets outside the Silkyara tunnel as trapped workers were being rescued from the tunnel.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met the workers who have been rescued along with Union Minister of State General (Retd) VK Singh.

“Initial health checkup of all the workers is being done in the temporary medical camp built in the tunnel,” Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami tweeted.

Moreover, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that he is relieved and happy as 41 trapped labourers in the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse have been successfully rescued.

“I am completely relieved and happy as 41 trapped labourers in the Silkyara Tunnel Collapse have been successfully rescued. This was a well-coordinated effort by multiple agencies, marking one of the most significant rescue operations in recent years. Various departments and agencies complemented each other despite facing numerous challenges. Tireless and sincere efforts by everyone, coupled with prayers from all, have made this operation possible. The dedicated endeavours of the rescue teams have yielded favourable results,” Gadkari posted on X (Formerly Twitter). ‘

He further expressed gratitude to each agency and individual involved in this rescue operation.

“Deep appreciation for the international rescue experts, administrative officers, and the Uttarakhand government for their swift and effective response. I take this opportunity to thank the PM @narendramodi Ji, who has been constantly monitoring the entire operation and providing guidance and support whenever required. CM Uttarakhand @pushkardhami Ji and my colleague @Gen_VKSingh Ji almost camped there during the operation. Last but not least, I thank the officers and engineers of MoRTH for their sincere efforts,” he further said.

As workers were rescued, Kin of Anil Bedia, a worker from Ranchi, who was trapped in the Silkyara tunnel said, ” We’re feeling very good…we hope he comes out soon… “

“The exact time of breakthrough was 7:05 pm. Uttarakhand CM, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh are present there,” said Harpal Singh, Project Head, Zoji-la Tunnel.

CM Dhami highly appreciated the morale and courage of the workers and personnel engaged in the rescue operation.

Earlier today, Uttarakhand CM and other officials reached the Silkyara tunnel rescue site.

A portion of the tunnel caved in on November 12, the debris falling in the 60-metre stretch on the Silkyara side of the tunnel, trapping 41 labourers inside the under-construction structure.(ANI)

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Snowfall in Badrinath

Snowfall Continues For 2nd Day In Badrinath, Uttarakhand

It has been snowing continuously over two days in Badrinath town of Uttarakhand since Friday evening.

Officials said that two inches of snow were recorded in the temple town as the snowfall which started Friday evening continued into the second day.

The Badrinath Dham, one of the four sites of the Char Dham pilgrimage, was covered in a sheet of snow as seen in the visuals accessed by ANI.

Meanwhile, the portals of Shri Badrinath Dham will be closed for winter beginning November 18, authorities said earlier in the month.

The doors of Shri Badrinath Dham were opened for devotees on April 27 earlier this year

According to Uttarakhand Police Headquarters, the number of pilgrims visiting Char-Dham by October 16 had crossed 50 lakhs. Along with this, about 5,40,000 vehicles also reached Char-Dham. After the commencement of the Yatra, more than 17,8000 devotees visited Kedarnath Dham, 15,9000 visited Badrinath Dham, 8,46,000 pilgrims visited Gangotri, 6,94,000 pilgrims visited Yamunotri, and over 1,77,000 devotees visited Hemkund Sahib.

The portals of Shri Gangotri Dham will be shut for the winter season on November 14, an official statement issued by the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee stated earlier.

The Shri Yamunotri Dham will shut for winter on November 15, authorities stated. (ANI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Greets U’khand People On State’s Foundation Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended his best wishes to people of Uttarakhand on the state’s Foundation Day .

Taking to X, Prime Minister Modi said that Devbhoomi Uttarakhand has made an invaluable contribution to the richness of Indian culture and tradition.

“Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand, has made an invaluable contribution to the enrichment of Indian culture and tradition. All my family members in this state, which is famous for its natural tourism, are extremely hardworking as well as very brave. I wish them all the best on the occasion of the state’s foundation day today,” the Prime Minister said in a post on X.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed his sincere gratitude to the Prime Minister on behalf of all the people of Uttarakhand through a post on X. He thanked the Prime Minister for his good wishes on the special day that marks the foundation of their state.

“Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of all the people of Devbhoomi, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your good wishes on the occasion of our state foundation day. Under your successful leadership, we are constantly working to make Uttarakhand one of the leading states of the country, fulfilling the dreams of the state movement activists and the 1.25 crore people of the state,” the Chief Minister said in a post on X.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also shared greetings on ‘X’, and wished prosperity for Uttarakhand.

“Hearty greetings to all the people of the state on the foundation day of Uttarakhand, the sacred land of natural beauty and spirituality. Under the guidance of PM Modi, the government of Pushkar Dhami is setting new records in the progress of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand and the welfare of the people. I wish for the continued prosperity of the state,” Shah posted on ‘X’ in Hindi.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge also greeted people state and said, “The unique natural wealth and scenic beauty of Uttarakhand is famous all over the world. This state situated in the lap of Himalayas and its civilization makes India even more beautiful.”

“On Uttarakhand Foundation Day, it is our wish that every person of the state becomes a participant in the development of India and remains happy,” Kharge said.

Rahul Gandhi said, “Blessed with natural beauty and amazing civilization, Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is an integral part of the diversity of India. Hearty greetings to all the people of Uttarakhand on Foundation Day.”

Uttarakhand marks its 23rd anniversary on November 9. On this day in 2000, Uttarakhand was carved out as the 27th state of Uttar Pradesh. To commemorate this occasion, a series of events are being organised across the state.

The main event is being held at the police line in Dehradun, graced by the esteemed presence of President Draupadi Murmu. This marks the first instance in 23 years that the President will be a part of Uttarakhand’s Foundation Day celebrations. (ANI)

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Modi Uttarakhand

Modi To Visit U’khand On Oct 12, Will Meet Army, ITBP, BRO Personnel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttarakhand on October 12 where he will offer prayers at Jageshwar Dham, have a ‘darshan’ of Adi Kailash, meet soldiers at the India-China border and address a public meeting in Pithoragarh.

The Prime Minister will reach Jollingkong in Pithoragarh, where he will perform pooja and darshan at Parvati Kund. He will also seek blessings from the holy Adi-Kailash at this place. The area is known for its spiritual importance and natural beauty,” the Prime Minister’s Office stated.

Prime Minister will reach Gunji village, Pithoragarh district at around 9:30 AM, where he will interact with the local people, and visit an exhibition highlighting local art and products. He will also interact with personnel of the Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

At around 12 noon, the Prime Minister will reach Jageshwar, Almora district, where he will perform pooja and darshan at Jageshwar Dham. Located at a height of about 6200 feet, the Jageshwar Dham comprises about 224 stone temples, it stated.

After that, PM Modi will reach Pithoragarh at around 2:30 pm, where he will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation, and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth about Rs 4200 crore in sectors like rural development, road, power, irrigation, drinking water, horticulture, education, health and disaster management, among others.

According to the PMO, the projects that will be inaugurated and dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister include 76 rural roads and 25 bridges built in rural areas under PMGSY; 15 buildings of BDO offices in 9 districts; upgradation of three roads built under central road fund viz Kausani Bageshwar road, Dhari-Dauba-Giricheena road and Nagala-Kiccha road; upgradation of two roads on National Highways viz Almora Petshal-Panuwanaula-Danya (NH 309B) and Tanakpur-Chalthi (NH 125).

Meanwhile, three projects related to Drinking water viz 38 Pumping drinking water schemes, 419 Gravity water supply schemes and three tube wells-based water supply schemes; Tharkot artificial lake in Pithoragarh; 132 KV Pithoragarh-Lohaghat (Champawat) Power Transmission Line; 39 bridges across Uttarakhand and Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority (USDMA) building in Dehradun built under the World Bank funded Uttrakhand Disaster Recovery Project.

The projects whose foundation stone will be laid include a scheme for the construction of 21,398 playhouses, which will help in increasing the production of flowers and vegetables and improving their quality; a scheme for the cultivation of high-density intensive apple orchards; five projects for NH road upgradation.

Multiple steps for disaster preparedness and resilience in the state viz construction of bridges, upgradation of State Emergency Operation Center in Dehradun, steps for prevention of landslide in Balianala, Nainital and improvement in other infrastructure related to fire, health and forest; development of hostels and computer labs in 20 model degree college across the state; 100 bedded sub-district hospital at Someshwar, Almora; 50 bedded Hospital block in Champawat; Astroturf Hockey Ground at Haldwani Stadium, Nainital; Velodrome Stadium at Rudrapur; Manaskhand Mandir Mala Mission Scheme for infrastructure development in temples including Jageshwar Dham (Almora), Haat Kalika (Pithoragarh) and Naina Devi (Nainital) temples; projects for provisioning of drinking water in Haldwani; construction of 33/11 KV sub-station work Sitarganj, Udham Singh Nagar, the PMO said. (ANI)

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NIA Raids 6 States In Major Crackdown On Khalistani Gangster Nexus

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday is conducting major raids across 6 states in 3 cases at 51 locations belonging to associates of Lawrence, Bambiha and Arsh Dalla Gangs.

In the early hours of Wednesday, NIA conducted a swift raid on the house of a liquor contractor in the village Takhtupura of Moga district in Punjab.

Gangster Arsh Dala had demanded ransom from this contractor and this contractor had given some part of the ransom to Arsh Dala. In this regard, NIA is conducting an inquiry, sources said.

The NIA also raided a gun house in the Bajpur police station area of ​​Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand. NIA has raided another house in the Clementown police station area of ​​Dehradun district of Uttarakhand.

According to the information received from Dehradun Police, the NIA team is conducting raids since this morning.

According to the information received from the state police, the NIA team is checking the weapons in the gun house.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had also issued details of 43 individuals associated with the terror gangster network having links to Canada.

The NIA further asked the public to share details of their properties and assets which can be taken over by the central government.

The NIA also requested to share details about the properties/assets/businesses owned by them in their own name or in the name of their associates, friends and relatives. It has also asked to share details of their business partners, workers, employees and collection agents.

The NIA in its post issued pictures of Lawrence Bishnoi, Jasdeep Singh, Kala Jatheri alias Sandeep, Virender Pratap alias Kala Rana and Joginder Singh along with their names. It highlighted that many of these gangsters are based in Canada.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier confiscated properties owned by designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in Chandigarh and Amritsar under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

A property confiscation notice was seen pasted outside Pannun’s residence at Sector 15 in Chandigarh.

Earlier on September 21 the agency had conducted raids at more than 1000 locations in Punjab and Haryana associated with fugitive gangster Goldy Brar. Punjab police officers along with the NIA had carried out the operation. 

Goldy Brar is among the most wanted gangsters named by the NIA. He is also suspected to be behind the recent killing of another gangster Sukha Dunike who was shot dead in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. 

Several of these wanted gangsters are said to be operating out of Canada, with close links between Khalistan sympathisers and gangsters. In 2018, during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Amritsar, India had handed him over a list of nine Khalistani operatives said to be in Canada. (ANI)

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Dengue Outbreak In Dehradun, Prompting Urgent Action

The Raipur area of Dehradun has been engulfed by a concerning dengue fever outbreak, with reports indicating that it has become a major hotspot for the disease.

An alarming number of residents in every household within the Raipur area are grappling with dengue-related symptoms, and the situation has escalated to over 500 confirmed dengue cases in this locality alone.

This outbreak has already claimed the lives of 13 individuals in Dehradun.

According to the Health Department and Municipal Corporations, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has taken action by issuing stern directives to both departments.

These directives emphasize the need for immediate and comprehensive efforts to combat the dengue outbreak. The Chief Minister has urged officials to operate with utmost urgency to control the spread of the virus effectively.

Data released by the Health Department, reveals that the state of Uttarakhand has seen a staggering total of 1,106 dengue cases thus far.

An alarming 58 per cent of these cases, amounting to 640 individuals, are concentrated in Dehradun alone, making it the epicentre of the outbreak in the state.

Following Dehradun, other affected districts include Haridwar with 191 reported cases, Nainital with 99, and Udham Singh Nagar with 23 cases.

The state government is now under immense pressure to implement rigorous measures, including increased mosquito control efforts, public awareness campaigns, and swift medical intervention to curb the spread of dengue in Dehradun and across Uttarakhand.

The health and well-being of the region’s residents hang in the balance, as authorities work tirelessly to bring this alarming outbreak under control.

Residents are strongly advised to take precautionary measures, including the use of mosquito repellents, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and eliminating stagnant water sources where mosquitoes breed.

Vigilance, awareness, and community cooperation are deemed essential in the ongoing battle against dengue in Dehradun. (ANI)

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U’khand: Debris Piles Up In Amori Village Near NH After Heavy Rainfall

Amid incessant rain in Uttarakhand, debris piled up near National Highway 9 in Amori village, officials said on Sunday.

Earlier on September 1, the Almora-Haldwani Road National Highway in Uttarakhand was blocked for vehicular traffic due to debris near Kwarb Bridge, an official said.

Meanwhile, on August 25, an injured person was rescued by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) after being trapped on the Badrinath highway due to falling debris in the Chamoli district, officials said.

According to the SDRF, information was received by Kotwali in Joshimath that an injured person had been trapped due to falling debris near the Pagalnala area of Chamoli district.

An SDRF team immediately reached the spot and carried out a rescue operation in pitch-dark night.

Subsequently, the injured person was rescued and sent to the hospital for treatment. (ANI)

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Tapkeshwar Temple In Dehradun

Uttarakhand rainfall: Part of Tapkeshwar Temple In Dehradun Collapses

A part of the famous Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun has collapsed following incessant rain. 

Devotees, who came to the temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Monday of Sawan, faced problems as the way leading to the temple’s entrance was partially blocked due to the falling of trees. 

Earlier on Wednesday, as many as 15 houses collapsed and seven cowsheds were completely destroyed in subsidence and landslides at Jakhan village, part of Madrasu gram panchayat on Langha Road, near Dehradun. 

Jakhan village is home to about 15 families, comprising 50 people. However, no loss of life was reported in these incidents, officials informed.

Heavy rains also disrupted normal life in the Kaluwala area of Dehradun last week. Rainwater entered the houses and caused waterlogging on the streets. 

According to the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), information was received from the Disaster Control Room that incessant rainfall had created major waterlogging in the streets and that rainwater had also entered people’s homes in Dehradun’s Kaluwala area, disrupting daily life.

Earlier, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the state and also reviewed the increasing water level of the Ganga river in Rishikesh. 

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand this monsoon have triggered landslides and flash floods in several places. (ANI) 

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IMD Red Alert For U’khand For August 13-14

The Indian Meteorological Department on Saturday issued a red alert for Uttarakhand for August 13 and August 14.

As per IMD, heavy rainfall is also likely over Uttarakhand on August 13 and 14. 

“Urgent red alert issued for Uttarakhand as heavy to very heavy rainfall, reaching extremely heavy levels (more than 204.4 mm), is forecasted for August 13th and 14th. Stay safe,” India Meteorological Department tweeted. 

There has been heavy rain in many districts of the state for the last couple of days, causing waterlogging and flooding and disrupting the normal lives of the people.

Earlier, five pilgrims were killed after a car they were travelling in was buried under the debris of a landslide at Tarsali under Chowki Phata in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, police said on Saturday.

According to officials, the victims, including one from Gujarat, were on their way to Kedarnath when the incident took place on Thursday evening.

The incident also led to the blocking of the Guptkashi-Gaurikund highway leading to Kedarnath Dham for traffic on Friday, said officials, while adding that about 60 metres of the road had been badly damaged and washed away.

Many districts of the state, including Rudraprayag, have been witnessing incessant rain for the last couple of days. (ANI)

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Yamunotri Highway

Yamunotri Highway In Uttarakhand Blocked Due To Debris

The traffic on the Yamunotri National Highway has been suspended due to the continuous debris falling at five places of Uttarkashi including Dabarkot and Jhar Jhar Gad.

“Efforts are on to open the highway by the National Highway Authority Barkot. Passengers are stranded at various places on the highway due to the closure of the highway,” according to District Disaster ManagementoOfficer, Uttarkashi.
Apart from this, the Chamiala-Budhakedar Motor road has been also closed due to excessive water and debris in Chail Gadere in Lata village in Himachal Pradesh.

The District Disaster Management Officer of Tehri District, Brijesh  Bhatt informed that due to the surge in the water level of Gadere, water and debris have entered 5-6 houses.

He told that about 0.250 hectares of agricultural land of about 15-16 families has been damaged, but there has been no loss of life or animal. PWD Ghansali and the revenue team are on the spot engaged in relief work.

Earlier, Traffic was suspended because of debris continuing to fall at many places on the Gangotri-Yamunotri National Highway, as persistent rains continue to wreak havoc in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the Uttarkashi District Administration, the Gangotri-Yamunotri National Highway was closed to traffic as boulders continue to fall at many places following persistent downpours in the region.

“The Gangotri Highway has reached a standstill for movement at four places including Bandarkot. Yamunotri Highway is blocked at Silkyara and other areas. JCB machines on the routes are trying to open the highway,” the Uttarkashi District Administration added.

Traffic and pilgrimage stopped on Monday as boulders continued to fall at many places on the Yamunotri Highway as torrential rains continued in Uttarkashi district, officials said. District disaster management official of Uttarkashi, Devendra Patwal, said that due to the boulders falling continuously for the last three days, the traffic on both sides of the road has come to a complete standstill.

“Significantly, due to this, there has been a break on the Yamunotri pilgrimage, leaving many commuters including pilgrims and locals passenger stranded,” the official said.

“Big boulders fell from mountains on Monday morning further exacerbating the woes of commuters,” the official said. According to the Chamoli police, a stretch of 60-70 metres of the Badrinath Highway, Kameda was washed out due to intermittent rains, following that the Highway was blocked for traffic. The police added that scores of commuters including tourists and locals were stranded on both sides of the highway.

Uttarkashi District Magistrate (DM) Abhishek Rohila told ANI on July 23 that torrential downpours in the region have caused severe damage to several areas of the Uttarkashi district. (ANI)

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