Due to a technical issue, the Uttarkashi tunnel rescue operation was once again put on hold on Friday night.
Due to a technical issue, the rescuers in Uttarkashi tunnel had to halt drilling on Friday evening after running into another obstacle. The specialists promised that the drilling job would soon start, and the auger machine was brought out to inspect the most recent technical issue. The 41 construction workers have been waiting since Thursday, so the countdown was becoming longer and longer. Even though the operation was nearing its end on Friday, the personnel could not be extracted. The auger machine struck a metallic object on Thursday night, and since then, the rescuers have been working nonstop to fix it. Although Friday saw its resolution, there was still a technical issue.
Why are American-made auger machines experiencing so many malfunctions?
In order to place pipes that will allow the trapped guys to be rescued, the auger machine is boring through debris. The machine is being stopped by metal barriers within the debris. On Thursday night, the Uttarkashi tunnel rescuers removed a similar barricade with gas cutters. When it was discovered that one of the pipes was bent, that presented another challenge. They pulled out the auger machine. The platform on which the auger machine was mounted cracked as a result of the extreme strain. The platform was repaired with quick-dry cement.
The auger machine encountered a metallic object on Friday as well.
The Uttarkashi tunnel was constructed through a geological fault and lacked an emergency exit: Report
According to a Reuters article, the tunnel that collapsed was being built through a geological fault and lacked an emergency exit. According to the analysis, a geological fracture called a “shear zone” may have been the cause of the collapse.
Experts say the Himalayan geology is unpredictable.
Experts responded that little is understood about the unpredictable nature of Himalayan geology when asked why the operation has not been finished after 12 days.