Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude to the workers who were rescued from the collapsed Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand, commending their resilience during the challenging 17-day rescue operation. In a video shared, the Prime Minister specifically praised Gabbar Singh Negi, one of the trapped workers, for his exceptional role and temperament throughout the ordeal.

Gabbar Singh Negi, hailing from Kotdwar in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, played a crucial part in maintaining the mental well-being of the trapped workers. He took it upon himself to teach yoga and meditation, emphasizing their importance in sustaining mental health during the crisis.

The rescued workers highlighted Negi’s efforts in organizing recreational activities, including games of ludo and chess, showcasing his dedication to their mental and emotional well-being. Under Negi’s leadership, the trapped workers even engaged in activities like ‘chor police,’ demonstrating camaraderie and a sense of normalcy during a challenging time.

Negi’s brother, Jaymal Singh Negi, who was present at the rescue operation site, expressed overwhelming joy after the successful rescue of all 41 workers with minimal injuries. He shared the family’s happiness and gratitude for the prayers and support received from across the country during this challenging period.

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Despite his role as a tunnel foreman, Gabbar Singh Negi assumed a leadership role during the crisis, ensuring that the situation remained under control. His commitment to the well-being of his colleagues was evident when he declared, “I am senior-most… I will be the last to come out.”

The entire nation applauded the resilience and leadership displayed by Gabbar Singh Negi during the Silkyara tunnel collapse crisis. His focus on mental well-being and maintaining a positive atmosphere played a crucial role in helping the trapped workers endure the challenging circumstances. The successful rescue operation stands as a testament to the collective efforts and determination of all involved in the mission.