‘Wonderful Achievement’: Australian PM Hails India’s U’khand Tunnel Rescue Op, Praises Expert Arnold Dix – News18

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Curated By: Sheen Kachroo

Last Updated: November 29, 2023, 20:29 IST

Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal), India

Wonderful achievement by Indian authorities. Proud that Australian Professor Arnold Dix played a role on the ground, Albanese wrote. (Image: Reuters File)

Wonderful achievement by Indian authorities. Proud that Australian Professor Arnold Dix played a role on the ground, Albanese wrote. (Image: Reuters File)

PM Anthony Albanese, in a post on microblogging site X, also hailed the efforts of Australian tunnel expert Arnold Dix in safely evacuating the 41 trapped workers

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday appreciated the Uttarakhand’s Silkyara tunnel rescue operation by Indian authorities and termed it a “wonderful achievement”.

Albanese, in a post on microblogging site X, also hailed the efforts of Australian tunnelling expert and professor Arnold Dix in safely evacuating the 41 trapped workers.

“Wonderful achievement by Indian authorities. Proud that Australian Professor Arnold Dix played a role on the ground,” Albanese wrote.

Australia’s High Commissioner in India Philip Green also praised the rescue operation and called it “an immense achievement.”

“This is an immense achievement. Well done to the Indian authorities for successfully evacuating all 41 workers trapped in the tunnel in #Uttarkhand. Special commendation to Australia’s Professor Arnold Dix who provided important technical support on the ground,” he posted on X.

WHO IS ARNOLD DIX?

Arnold Dix is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on underground tunnelling. He is the Australian president of the 79-nation International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association in Switzerland.

As per his official website, Arnold advises on the peculiar risks associated with underground construction from geotechnical investigations, selection of the best techniques and equipment, to selecting the most appropriate contractual arrangements, fire and life safety and dispute resolution mechanisms.

At the operational level, Arnold was also invited by the United States to serve on the prestigious United States National Fire Protections Underground Road and Rail Committees (130 & 502) which underlie the safety standards for a large proportion of the world’s underground road and rail systems.

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