Seven labourers engaged in the Char Dham all-weather road project were killed and two others were injured in a landslide in district Rudraprayag on Friday.
The labourers were engaged in road cutting near Banswada when the tragic incident took place. A major portion of an earth-mover also got buried under the debris.
The all-weather road connecting four major Hindu shrines of Uttarakhand is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Rudraprayag district administration rushed to the site following information about the incident from locals.
Police and a team of state disaster response force launched a massive search and rescue operation at the landslide hit area.
According to reports seven bodies have been recovered so far and three injured were provided medical care. The search and rescue team was making efforts to rescue those trapped in the debris.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed deep grief over the incident. On instruction from the CM, a helicopter was dispatched to the accident site and two injured were airlifted for advanced medical care to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh.