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source: ANI news
source: ANI news
source: ANI news

By Newsgram Staff Writer

Shimla: Rescue workers failed to reach the three labourers trapped since Saturday in an under-construction tunnel in the town of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, officials said.

The Border Roads Organisation, which operates under the defence ministry that has been involved in the construction of the Rohtang tunnel, was deployed for the rescue operation.

“The continuous rolling down of debris from the hilltop is hampering the rescue operation,” National Highways Authority of India project director Satish Kaul told reporters.

“We are trying to insert a pipe into the debris so that the struck workers could be safely evacuated,” Kaul said.

Rescue workers are hopeful that the trapped workers are alive as machines have been deployed to pump oxygen into the tunnel.

The tunnel, which is part of the under-construction four-laning of the Kiratpur-Manali national highway, is located at Tihra, 13 km from district headquarters Bilaspur and 100 km from the state capital.

Workers involved in the construction work blamed the Himalayan Construction Company for lack of safety measures. All the trapped workers belonged to the hill state.

“For the past few days, huge cracks and fissures surfaced in a rock inside the tunnel. The company had been ignoring it and it is due to its negligence that the accident occurred,” one of the survivors told police.

The cave-in took place around 8.30 pm on Saturday when the night shift workers were coming to work. The first shift was over at 8 pm, said officials.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Himachal Pradesh To Buy-Back Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Monday gave its approval to the draft policy to buy-back non-recyclable plastic wastes and single-use plastics at a minimum support price of Rs 75 per kg

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The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Monday gave its approval to the draft policy to buy-back non-recyclable plastic wastes and single-use plastics at a minimum support price of Rs 75 per kg.

The plastic wastes will be purchased from the ragpickers, individuals collecting waste from households and urban local bodies, a government spokesperson told IANS.

In June last year, the state government imposed a ban on the use at official functions of thermocol plates as they are the major cause of pollution, as well of plastic water bottles of less than one-litre capacity. Since October 2, 2009, there has been a complete ban on the use of polythene bags.

The Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, also approved the draft of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Policy 2019, aimed at holistic development of tourism with special focus on ecotourism, agro-organic, snow and adventure.

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It approved a capital investment subsidy for tourism projects in underdeveloped areas and grant to tourism units for access to roads and water supply.

The Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, gave its consent to include 428 gram panchayats in 10 districts under the Integrated Development Projects for Source Sustainability and Climate Resilient Rainfed Agriculture.

This project of the Department of Economic Affairs aims to strengthen the sustainable development of natural resources in forest areas bordering agricultural land of the panchayats.

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Besiedes, the Cabinet approved a proposal to procure and distribute 9,700 laptops to meritorious students of Class X and XII under the Srinivasa Ramanujan Student Digital Yojana.

It also approved the enhancement of the financial assistance being provided to World War II veterans from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 per month, and for their widows from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 from September 1. (IANS)