Dehradun: The ‘Eli Vala’ miners who helped rescue 41 workers trapped in the Uttarakhand tunnels are being hailed as heroes across the country.
On the 12th, an unexpected landslide occurred in the tunnel between Silkyara-Barkot in Uttarakhand. 41 workers were trapped. Various plans were considered to rescue them. The first attempt to remove the sand pile with the JPC machine failed.
In the second phase, the side of the sand pile from the Silkyara tip was drilled with giant machines. But while more than 5 giant machines failed, only the American production machine continued to drill and progress. But the machine also broke after 47 meters of drilling.
In this context, 24 ‘Rat Loop’ miners were summoned from Delhi. While the American machine drilled 47 meters, the remaining 13 meters were manually drilled by the workers of ‘Eli Vala’ on Monday night. Working at breakneck speed, they dug a 13 meter tunnel in 21 hours and successfully installed iron pipes. As a result, 41 workers trapped inside the mine were rescued safely yesterday.
Rakesh Rajput, a miner of 2.5 quintal special trolley ‘Eli Vala’, said: We usually carry out mining work at night. So we had no difficulty in starting work last Monday night. Our team includes all types of workers like Drilling, Cutters, Welders.
800 mm in Silkyara Tunnel. We entered the diameter pipe and carried out the work of tunneling. We have even worked in narrower pipes. One person digs and another piles sand in the Silkyara tunnel. A 3rd person filled a special trolley with sand. We have developed and used this special trolley ourselves. It can fill items weighing up to 2.5 quintals. We had promised the authorities that we would dig a 13 meter tunnel within 24 hours to 36 hours. In less time than that we dug the mine and installed the pipes. He said this.
Sambu, another ‘Eli Vela’ miner, said, “A 47 meter steel pipe was laid in about 5 days with the American machine. We dug 13 meters of tunnel in 21 hours.
By 11 am on Tuesday we had finished digging the mine up to where the workers were. The trapped workers were very happy to see our faces. “There is no limit to their happiness,” he said.
America’s 25-ton auger machine, the ‘Rat Loop’ miners who completed the challenging task that machines could not do in the giant hole, are celebrated as heroes all over the world on one day.
Prohibited ‘rat trap’ practice: ‘Eli Wala’ mining is going on illegally in North Eastern states. Coal mining has been going on for a long time, particularly in Meghalaya, by mining ‘Eli Wala’.
Coal is mined in the Jaintia Hills region of Meghalaya by mining 4 feet wide to a depth of about 100 feet from the sides and tops. Workers enter through bamboo ladders with torches on their heads, small machines or axes in hand, and cut coal into baskets. So far, many lives have been lost due to these illegal ‘rat trap’ mines.
Due to this, in 2014, the National Green Tribunal banned the mining practice of ‘Eli Wala’. But even today in the states of Meghalaya and Manipur, ‘Eli Vala’ mines are being dug and coal is mined illegally.
Some construction companies are using ‘rat trap’ miners for their projects. Senior officials said that the banned ‘rat loop’ mining practice was used due to a critical situation in the Uttarakhand tunnel rescue operation.