Three weeks after accident Gulmarg Gandola awaits resumption

Three weeks after accident Gulmarg Gandola awaits resumption

Baramulla: Three weeks after seven people including four tourists were killed in an accident on the Gandola cable car at Gulmarg, caused by a tree fall on the cable, the Gondola is yet to resume its operations.
While the cable car corporation has lost more than a crore rupees in terms of lost revenue in the last three weeks, a three member team investigating the incident has pinned the blame on some giant trees along the ropeway path, while exonerating the machinery.
A tourism official told Kashmir Reader that the investigating team after visiting the spot has forwarded their report to government in which they wrote that the machinery or the cable was not at fault, but that the accident was caused after a giant tree hit the cables due to fast winds.
The official added that engineers from France also visited the spot and they too forwarded their report to government with similar remarks.
However, he said, that the government was yet to decide on the matter.
Sources in the department added that tourism department was yet to receive clearance from forest department for clearing of trees along the ropeway, recommended for avoiding similar accident in future.
For now, domestic and foreign tourists are unable to visit the Kangdori and Afferwat hills, forcing the shopkeepers at these points to shut their shops and hotels.
Gulam Hassan, a trader said, their livelihood has been badly hit, as no tourist visit the spots.
General Manager J&K State Cable Car Corporation, Gulmarg Riyaz Ahmad Malik told Kashmir Reader that they were waiting for government nod to resume the services.
“Yes cable car is off since June 25, but after proper check up our cable and other machinery is fit to run but government ordered us to suspend it for some time. We are waiting for government orders” Malik said.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash also said that the committee report was lying with the government and they were waiting for the government decision.

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