Dix, originally from Australia, is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on underground tunnels and their associated issues from an operational safety perspective.
Shortly after reaching the site, Dix spent most of the morning inside the tunnel to check the rescue operation, after which he went to the top of the hillock to check the place from where vertical drilling had been planned.
Collapse of Uttarkashi tunnel | International tunnel expert explains situation after assessing site
“We’re going to get them out, that’s for sure. We have the best experts here for this Himalayan geology. We’re going to find a solution and get them out,” Dix said after reviewing work at the site with highway officials national. and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and other agencies.
Commenting on the five-pronged strategy proposed by the Prime Minister’s Office which is leading the operations, Dix said “the strategy looks good to me.”
Later that evening, after a 6-inch pipe was successfully pushed through the collapsed portion of the tunnel, paving the way for larger quantities of food for the workers trapped inside (who subsisted until now with dry rations pushed through a 4-inch), Dix said YOU, “It’s a huge achievement. This proves that there is a way out of collapse and that we can now think more carefully about how we can get out of it.
Dix, who is an engineering professor and lawyer, has investigated the clandestine aspects of the September 11 attacks, in addition to those in London and Madrid.
He specializes in underground and transportation infrastructure and provides advice on the risks associated with underground construction.
(With contributions from Shivani Azad)
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