Wesley introduced Charlie, “Mr. Wade, this is the main shaft of the underground fortification. Its current vertical depth is about 120 meters. The first phase of the underground fortification is currently excavating horizontally at this depth. The set of lifting devices is the cage, and equipment, personnel, and excavated rocks basically come in and out from here.”
As he said that, he pointed to another similar cubic building in the distance, and introduced, “That one is the auxiliary well of the underground fortification. The depth is the same as the main well and it is mainly responsible for ventilation and drainage of all underground working surfaces.”
Charlie nodded, and said, “The current spy satellites and drones are too advanced and the ground facilities can’t even escape Google’s satellites, so the underground fortifications will be the most important thing in the future.”
Wesley immediately said, “Mr. Wade can rest assured that more than 65% of the current infrastructure budget is allocated to underground fortifications. The future underground fortifications will not only meet the needs of all personnel’s life and material storage, but also shoulder most of the daily training needs. At the same time, we will build a safe energy storage and backup energy system underground, which is enough to deal with most emergencies.”
While speaking, the lifting device under the cubic building lifted a huge square steel cage up.
Interestingly, this steel cage had two layers, the upper layer was for people, and the lower layer was for a rail mine car.
After the steel cage came to a complete stop, more than a dozen men wearing helmets, standing on the upper floor came out of it and walked from the second floor to the first floor.
The workers waiting on the first floor walked directly into the steel cage on the bottom floor, fixed the traction rope on the mine car filled with gravel, and then pulled the mine car along the track to the loading and unloading yard hundreds of meters away.
At the other end, workers pushed an empty mine car into the steel cage. Subsequently, the entire steel cage was lowered into the ground again.
After watching the whole process, Charlie couldn’t help frowning and said, “Wesley, relying on this kind of cage to transport people and materials straight up and down, isn’t the turnover efficiency too low? This time, at most dozens of people can go up and down, or a few tons of goods. Even if it takes a few minutes, the efficiency is still a drop in the bucket in an emergency.”
Wesley hurriedly said, “Mr. Wade, you are right. The current two shafts are actually configurations during the construction stage. It’s only in the initial stage. So we use these two shafts for underground construction. However, in the next step, we will build a hub building covering an area of more than 100,000 square meters on the west side of the airport runway, and then directly excavate a double lane for vehicles to enter and exit from the first floor of the hub building into the inclined shaft…”
“The inclined shaft will lead directly from the ground of the building to the underground fortifications, just like a tunnel with a relatively steep slope. Once completed, all personnel, vehicles, and equipment will drive up and down from here and the overall turnover speed will increase geometrically. There is no difference from the ground.”
Charlie nodded, “How many workers are working in the mine at the same time?”
Wesley said, “We are now speeding up the progress regardless of cost, so all types of work in the mine are counted and there are those who work at the same time are five or six hundred people.”
Charlie asked again, “By the way, where are those Sicilian mafia that were brought back from Canada before?”
Wesley smiled and said, “The gang of the Sicilian mafia is currently incorporated into the excavation team and specially built underground fortifications. Our normal construction team works in three shifts a day with an eight-hour work system, but these mafia teams work in two shifts a day with a 12-hour work system. Gang of bastards who are full of criminals, so we don’t pay much attention to labor laws for them, as long as we don’t tire them to death.”
Charlie couldn’t help laughing and said, “After all, there are more than 800 or so who murder, set fire, bully and dominate the market. They don’t feel tired after working for 24 hours, and working underground for twelve hours is definitely not a problem for them.”
After finishing speaking, Charlie asked again, “By the way, what about those Four Dragons disciples?”
Wesley laughed, “Mr. Wade, the boat that the disciples of the Four Dragons are on hasn’t arrived yet.”
Charlie laughed dumbfounded.
It was indeed a long way from Hong Kong. If it took more than 20 days, it would definitely not be possible.
At this moment, the double-layered cage was lifted up again and as soon as the iron fence on the upper floor was opened, Hamid, who was wearing a red helmet, walked out from inside accompanied by several soldiers from the Dragon Temple.
Charlie recognized him at a glance, and shouted from afar, “Commander Hamid!”
Hamid shyly looked at Charlie following the sound of his increasingly bloated belly.
Seeing that it was Charlie who was greeting him, he was overjoyed and shouted, “Oh, Mr. Wade, Brother Wade!”
After finishing speaking, he took a few quick steps and ran towards Charlie.
Quickly running in front of Charlie, Hamid shook Charlie’s hand happily while panting heavily, and asked excitedly, “Brother Wade, when did you come?”
“I’ve just arrived,” Charlie smiled slightly, looked at his swollen belly, and teased, “Brother, you have gained a lot of weight recently, and it seems that your life is quite comfortable.”
Hamid smiled, cupped his hands, and said, “Thank you, brother. Ah! Now that there is no war, besides sleeping, we eat every day, not to mention eating well and sleep soundly, so the weight will naturally come up.”
After speaking, he turned and pointed to the main well behind him, and said with envy, “Brother, your underground fortifications are so awesome! The alleys are three to four meters high. Compared with yours, my underground fortifications are just rat holes!”
Charlie laughed and said to him, “Don’t worry, brother… When the construction here is almost done, I will let Wesley arrange and upgrade it for you.”
When Hamid heard this, his excited hands shook, and he asked excitedly, “Brother, are you serious?”
Charlie nodded and smiled, “Of course, when did I tell a lie?”
Then, he said again, “You just saw those hard-working Sicilian elites down there didn’t you?”
“Sicilian elites?” Hamid asked curiously, “You mean the Canadian mafia working below?”
“Yes,” Charlie nodded and said with a smile, “These people will also join you for help at that time!”