Baramulla: The Gulmarg Gondola cable car service has been suspended for the next few weeks, till all the giant trees close to the cable carriage are cut down, officials of the tourism department said.
They said that there were many old giant trees of Kail and Fir from Gulmarg to Kangdori, along the first phase of the cable carriage. To avoid accidents such as the one that happened on Sunday when a giant Fir tree fell on the cable and caused the death of seven persons, among them four family members who were tourists from Delhi, the tourism department has now written an official letter to the forest department and to the state government that cable services cannot be resumed till the trees are cut down.
Managing Director of the Gulmarg Gondola cable car service, Riyaz Ahmad Malik, told Kashmir Reader that the cable car operations have been suspended till further orders. “There are many giant trees on both sides of the cable from Gulmarg to Kangdori that need to be cut down. But we personally cannot cut down these trees. We have written to the forest department and we are waiting for their response. We can’t say how much time it will take, but until all these trees are cut down, we cannot start the cable car,” Malik said.
When asked if the cable car needed inspection from experts, Malik said that there was no need of it. “The cable and other machinery is now okay,” he said.