After spending 9 days in the dark, counting every minute between life and death, at about 4:10 pm on Monday, 41-year-old Mani Ram emerged from the tunnel where he among three other workers got trapped on the 12th, when a portion of the Tunnel collapsed.
Barely 25 minutes later, 21-year-old Satish Tomar followed. Both of them smiled, then waved to the cheering crowd and rescue teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). It was a milestone in one of the biggest rescue operations of its kind in Himachal Pradesh.
There is, however, still no information about the third worker 51-year-old Hriday Ram, a father of eight from Dayargi village in Mandi, who remains trapped inside.