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Seven die in Gulmarg cable car accident, rescue operations underway

Incident occurred after a gondola car cabin crashed hundreds of meters down to the ground

IANS  |  Srinagar 

Gulmarg
The site of accident where a cable-car snapped after a tree fell on it, at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district (Photo: PTI)

At least seven people died in a in J&K's A family of four from Delhi and two local men were killed on Sunday when a gondola crashed hundreds of meters down to the ground after its cable snapped in in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Precise details of what happened were unclear but police sources said the cable may have snapped after a giant tree fell on it, sending several cabin cars hurtling down a valley in the otherwise tourist paradise. 

"A couple and two children were among the dead," a police officer said. "Rescue efforts are on to save people trapped in other cars of the gondola cable car project."

The dead were identified as Jayant Anderaskar, his wife Manisha and their daughters Anagha and Jhanvi. They were reported to be from Shalimar Bagh in Delhi.

The other two victims were identified as Mukhtar Ahmed Ganie and Javed Ahmed Khandey, believed to be tourist guides.

An official said rescue teams had gone to the site but further details were not available.

The two-stage cable car lift ferries people to a height of 13,780 feet above the sea level. It is the world's second highest operating cable car project with a cabin capacity of ferrying 600 people in one hour.

The ropeway project -- which has 36 cabins and 18 towers -- is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and a French firm and is hugely popular with tourists who flock to Gulmarg, a skiing hub.

The first stage of the cable car transfers people from the resort at 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) to Kongdori station in the bowl-shaped Kongdori valley, according to the company which operates the cable car.

The second stage takes people to a height of 3,747 meters (12,293 feet) on Kongdori mountain. 

First Published: Sun, June 25 2017. 17:46 IST
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