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Foreign Savior Arnold Dix Leads Rescue of 41 Trapped Workers in Uttarakhand Tunnel Collapse

International Tunneling Expert Arnold Dix Emerges as Angel for Laborers in Uttarkashi

November 29, 2023: The rescue operation for 41 workers trapped in the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, is in full swing, resembling a war-level effort. These laborers, stranded on the first day of Diwali, have faced 17 days of uncertainty. The under-construction tunnel, part of the ambitious Chardham All Weather Road Silkiara project by the central government, witnessed a 60-meter section collapse, entailing the entrapment of 41 laborers. With the assistance of the Indian Army, the evacuation is now underway, and a foreigner played a pivotal role in this endeavor—Arnold Dix, a name now synonymous with hope for the laborers.

Arnold Dix, an international tunneling expert hailing from Australia, was specifically summoned to contribute his expertise to the rescue operation. Participating in the operation alongside organizations like ONGC, SJVNL, RVNL, NHIDCL, and THDCL, Dix outlined a master plan upon his arrival on November 20. Having a background in engineering, geology, law, and risk management, Dix has over three decades of experience. As the President of the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association in Geneva, his proven track record and recognition, such as the Committee Service Award by the National Fire Protection Association of America in 2022, attest to his competence.

Despite the challenges, Arnold Dix remained dedicated to the cause, staying in constant communication with the workers at the tunnel site. He emphasized the importance of positivity and vigorous efforts in executing the rescue mission. Alongside the war-like evacuation efforts, a religious ceremony worshiping Lord Boukh Nag deity took place outside the tunnel. Arnold Dix actively participated in the ritual, highlighting the need to boost the morale of those facing such challenging circumstances.

In a moment of appreciation for Arnold Dix’s efforts, Anand Mahindra, a prominent figure, remarked on the significance of communication as an art of storytelling. Mahindra acknowledged the Australian expert’s role as a master storyteller, weaving a tale of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.


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