The black Bhutia dog, who was born around the Tapon project site, sits outside the tunnel anxiously waiting for missing men who reared him at the site.
It’s been three days since the Bhutia dog is waiting outside Tapovan tunnel for the men he knew. As the rescue operation is underway to locate the people, the black dog sits at the Tapovan hydel project site in an unending wait for its friend who reared him.
Now, the dog is being fed by the rescue workers at the Tapovan site. “The canine would leave only in the evening as rest of the workers retire for the day,” a report in Times of India quoted Rajinder Kumar, a rescue worker.
Kumar escaped narrowly when the flooded Rishiganga blocked the tunnel. At least 34 workers of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) are said to be trapped inside the tunnel when the flood struck on Sunday. The workers were engaged with NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad hydroelectric project.
The Bhutia dog was said to born around the project site. The workers said the canine grew around them.
Following its usual routine, the dog went downhill on Sunday evening, the day flood hit the area. When he came back the next day, no one he knew was around.
“He must have known that something was wrong. The place was full of strangers who paid no attention to him. We did not know what to do at first. Initially, the rescue workers tried to shoo him away as heavy machinery was brought amid the chaos all around. But he kept coming back to the site,” said a local resident.
Another Tapovan resident Ajeet Kumar said people had often seen him in the area. Kumar said when he heard of what happened at Tapovan, he went to the area and saw the blackie around. The dog looked anxious.
Locals in the area say they are now looking after him and feed him whenever he is around.
“The dog sits outside the tunnel all day and night waiting for the men he knew. We hope he gets to see them again soon,” said a local.
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