Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue Operation: 41 laborers are trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel being built in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand for the last 9 days. The government is making efforts on a war footing to evict the workers. According to the people who have knowledge about the mountains and the Himalayan range, the work of building a tunnel here is like putting the environment and the lives of common people in danger.
The government has made necessary acts to prevent such possible accidents while digging tunnels. In 1952, the Parliament of India had approved the Mining Act in which it had given priority to the safety of workers. The government had made many rules keeping in mind the safety of the workers. According to these rules, if any laborer is doing mining then arrangement of water and urinal will be very important for him.
Drinking water should not be available within 6 meters of the urinal.
According to Section 19 of the Mining Act 1952, drinking water should not be within 6 meters of any urinal or washing place. Apart from this, Rule 30 of the Mining Act, 1955 says that a person working in a mine can carry only two liters of drinking water for mining. However, the additional water will be made available through pipelines and no money will be charged for it.
According to the rules made for drinking water, if more than 100 workers are working in a mine at the same time, then arrangements for drinking water will have to be made for them inside the mine itself. The rules say that people working in mines will be regularly examined to ascertain whether they have any health problems.
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