Jharkhand Cable Car Rescue Op Ends, 3 Dead, Over 40 Safe; Court Steps In

Jharkhand Ropeway Accident: The Trikut ropeway is India’s highest vertical ropeway

Deoghar:

Over 40 people who remained trapped mid-air in three cable cars in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district for about 40 hours, were rescued today in a risky operation involving two Air Force helicopters and dozens of officials.

Deoghar Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri said the rescue operations were carried out by the combined teams of the Indian Air Force, Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The death count in the accident climbed to three when two people, a man and a woman, fell from a helicopter while being rescued.

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon after two cable cars collided with each other due to a technical glitch on the ropeway at Trikut Hills close to Baba Baidyanath Temple.

Rescue operations had to be stopped after sunset last evening as the ropeway runs through a picturesque yet densely forested area surrounded by hills, access to which is difficult except by air.

The Jharkhand High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of Deoghar ropeway incident and has ordered an inquiry into the matter. The court will hear the matter on April 26.

According to officials, a technical snag may have resulted in the collision of cable cars, but the exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed. The ropeway manager and other employees had fled the spot after the incident, news agency PTI reported.

The Trikut ropeway, according to the Jharkhand tourism department, is India’s highest vertical ropeway. It is around 766-meter long.

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