Senior most among all the 41 workers who remained trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel for 17 days, foreman Gabbar Singh Negi got a special mention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who spoke to the workers after their rescue.
Mr. Negi helped the workers to remain motivated and ensured their mental and physical health remained fit. He taught his colleagues yoga and meditation to overcome the difficult situation they faced while being trapped inside the tunnel for 17 days.
“Despite being trapped 200 feet under for more than 400 unnerving hours, when the opportunity for rescue came, Gabbar Singh Negi Ji, a native of Pauri Garhwal put his team before himself & made it clear that since he was senior, he would be the last to come out. During the 17-day ordeal, Negi Ji ensured that his co-workers remained mentally and physically active by teaching them Yoga,” Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri said on X.