Worker goes missing in hydel project tunnel

Published On: January 27, 2022 05:20 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

SOLUKHUMBU, Jan 27: A worker has gone missing following an accident inside the tunnel of the under-construction 86-Megawatt Solu Khola Dudh Koshi Hydroelectricity Project in the district.

The worker is missing after the 'bucket' snapped while going through the tunnel at Panchan area, Hanthulung Dudhkoshi Rural Municipality-3 today, while another worker who was injured in the accident has been rescued, police said.

The missing worker is identified as 24-year-old Rakesh Chaudhary of Kolabhi Municipality-1, Bara district, according to Rishi Raj Dhakal, Inspector of Police at the District Police Office Solukhumbu.  

Inspector Dhakal said the injured worker, 20-year-old Angat Raya Tharu of Paterawa Rural Municipality-4, Parsa district, was rescued and sent to the Mission Hospital Okhaldhunga for treatment.

Police said the accident occurred at around 4 or 5PM when the bucket carrying four labourers along with equipment snapped while passing through the tunnel to install the penstock pipe. The condition of the two remaining workers is said to be normal.

Although a search is on for the missing laborer, it is being hampered due to the other construction materials inside the tunnel, police said. The project said it used to transport the construction materials and people inside the tunnel using the machine-operated bucket.


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