172 workers stranded at Zojila Tunnel construction site in Ganderbal evacuated: Army

SRINAGAR — The Indian Army after hectic efforts succeeded in evacuating 172 workers stranded at the Zojila Tunnel construction site in Ganderbal district.

An Army statement said on Sunday, “Yesterday in a major avalanche occurrence near Sarbal Nilagrar workers of the construction company got stuck.

“Avalanche rescue teams of Army and Ganderbal police got into action & after hours of gruelling effort finally all 172 workers were brought to safety.

“This incident happened immediately after 12 January when due to a major avalanche two workers lost their lives.

“Having received the information 34 AR got into action. A detailed plan was made. Army pressed into effect not only avalanche rescue equipment but also avalanche rescue dogs.”

A senior official said that no effort would be spared to save the lives of the bravehearts working in the Zojila tunnel tirelessly. — (IANS)