5 killed in cable auto accident in Indian-controlled Kashmir


The police said they rescued around 150 people stranded due to the snapping of the cable vehicle ropeway in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.

5 poeple who died in the accident included a family from Delhi and a local tourist guide. It consists of a loop of steel cable that is strung between two stations, sometimes over intermediate supporting towers.

With the help of locals and all-terrain vehicle operators, police rescued about 150 stranded people, an official said.

The Chief Minister expressed her grief and shock over the tragic accident and ordered a thorough investigation. Their guide was Mukhtar Ahmad Ganai, senior superintendent of police in Baramullah, Imtiyaz Hussain said.

The cable vehicle service of Gulmarg is hugely popular and draws thousands of people in summer. Due to the incident, the cable vehicle service has been stopped.

The tree reportedly fell due to high winds.

The injured persons were shifted to hospital.

The gondola at Gulmarg is one of the world's highest, ferrying passengers to a height of 4,100 metres for panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas.

The accident was condemned by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who questioned why the services were running in windy weather in the first place. That's a laid down SOP'. Rescue operations went on for over four hours to ensure all the tourists were secure.

Mehbooba announced ex gratia relief of Rs. five lakh in favor of next of kin of the killed.

The two-stage Gulmarg cable auto lift ferries people to a height of 13,780 ft above the sea level.



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