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17-Day Rescue Mission; 41 Engineers Trapped Inside The Collapsed Tunnel And Arnold Dix from Australia- Role in Saving Miners.

17-day rescue mission; 41 engineers trapped inside the collapsed tunnel and Arnold Dix from Australia- Role in Saving Miners.
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Australian Tunnelling Expert Arnold Dix helped save 41 workers stuck in a tunnel in the Himalayas. The workers were trapped for 17 days, but Arnold led a successful rescue mission. People in India are pleased and thankful for his help. The whole nation is now talking about Arnold Dix from Australia role in saving miners.

Arnold Dix from Australia Role in Saving Miners and Aftermath Scenario

Arnold Dix from Australia led a successful 17-day rescue mission to save 41 workers trapped in Uttarkashi’s Silkyara tunnel since November 12. The collapse worried the nation, but rescue teams, including Dix, worked tirelessly. Facing challenges, they completed the arduous task on November 28th, fulfilling Dix’s promise that all would reach home before Christmas. Dix, president of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, praised his team and Indian engineers. He expressed relief in reuniting parents with their children. Amid mechanical drill issues, 200 rescuers manually cleared rubble. Dix described the initial scene as an avalanche with a massive cavity.

Figure 1: Arnold Dix hailed for leading rescue ops in Uttarkashi

Social media users expressed gratitude and admiration for Australian Tunnelling Expert Arnold Dix, praising his role in rescuing the miners. While some emphasised the positive effects despite their disappointment over the World Cup loss, others proposed making a movie to honour his bravery.

What Exactly Happened in the Uttarkashi Tunnel Collapse?

The Silkyara Bend–Barkot tunnel, part of the Char Dham all-weather road project by Navayuga Engineering Construction Limited, collapsed on November 12th, 2023, trapping 41 workers. A 20-kilometre shortcut was planned to be built along National Highway 134. An emergency was declared after the collapse of 200 meters from the entrance. According to investigations, the tunnel lacked emergency escape shafts and was located in a geological fault.

Operation Zindagi was initiated, deploying tunnel boring machines. However, cracking sounds halted drilling on November 17th, 2023. Parallel tunnels were built for backup access. An endoscopic camera, food, and oxygen were all supplied through three pipes. With the supervision of Australian Tunnelling Expert Arnold Dix, after 17 days, all workers were successfully evacuated on the evening of Tuesday (November 28th, 2023). The incident sparked a national conversation on emergency preparedness and infrastructure safety by highlighting the necessity of strict safety regulations during tunnel construction.

Figure 2: Australian Tunnelling Expert Arnold Dix greets the crowd before visiting the tunnel collapse site.


Australia’s PM congratulates Modi, India’s prime minister, for success in this rescue mission. The rescue mission relieved every Indian after 17 days of tension regarding the trapped miners. Arnold Dix from Australia served as the saviour for many Indian families.


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