Peerkho-Mahamaya Cable Car trolley falls during mock drill in Jammu, two killed, 5 injured

'Governor orders magisterial inquiry'

Peerkho-Mahamaya Cable Car trolley falls during mock drill in Jammu, one killed, 5 injured

Jammu:  One person was killed and five others injured when a trolley of Peerkho-Mahamaya Cable Car Project fell accidentally into the forest area here on city outskirts.

“The Cable Car project employees with engineers were conducting a mock drill of Peerkho-Mahamaya Cable Car (Gandola) project this evening when the mishap happened,” police here said.

They said that the trolley was on way from Peerkho towards Mahamaya when it lost the balance due to fast current of winds on view of harsh weather conditions and one of the cable broke and the trolley fell into the gorge area.

Police and locals rushed to the and started the rescue operation.

One person identified as Rakesh Kumar Ram of Bihar, who was the fitting labourer, died on the spot.

Meanwhile injured persons namely Ravinder of UP, Manjeet Singh of West Bengal, Lovely, son of Kuldeep Singh of Bengal, Hari Kushan Yadav of Bengal and Balkirat Singh of Jammu, a mechanical engineer have been hospitalised.

The government was planning to throw the cable project open for public soon after mock drill exercise.

Earlier on December 18 last year the trial run of Peerkho-Mahamaya cable car project was conducted successfully.

“We have successfully conducted the run between Peerkho-Mahamaya and during the four to five days trails, alignment of the cable car will be monitored,” Shamim Ahmed Wani, Managing Director, State Cable Car Corporation has said.

The Ropeway from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya has 8 cabins and from Mahamaya to Peerkho 14 cabins and the total number of towers in section one (Peerkho to Mahamaya) and section 2 (Bahu Fort to Mahamaya) are nine and the critical components have all been imported.

Meanwhile governor, Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in Jammu Gandola trial run mishap.

The Governor announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the Next of Kin of those killed in the mishap. He also directed the divisional administration to provide free of cost medical treatment to those who were injured in the mishap.

The Governor has ordered a magisterial inquiry to be conducted to know the causes of the incident.


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