Baramulla: Seven people including four tourists and two local tourist guides were killed in an accident on the “Gulmarg Gondola” cable car on Sunday afternoon.
Official sources said that a giant Fir (Budloo) tree fell on the gondola cable due to strong winds and it made the gondola cabin 7 skid off the cable and ram into cabin number 8, which was damaged partially. The accident happened in the “first phase” part of the cable way, just a few hundred meters up from main Gulmarg.
The six people on board the cabin 7, a family of four from Delhi that included two minor girls, and two local tourist guides, were injured and they were rushed to hospital, but all six of them succumbed to their injuries.
Soon after the accident, local police and employees of the tourism department reached the spot to assess the situation. They started rescue of other injured tourists and the tourism department employees and guides stranded in other cabins.
Official sources said that the deceased were Jayant Andraskar, resident of B-209 Shalimar Bagh Delhi, his wife Manshea Andraskar Jayant, daughter Anagha Jayant Andraskar, and another daughter Janhvi Jayant Andraskar, and two local tourist guides Mukthar Ahmad Ganie, resident of Chontipathri Babareshi Tangmarg, Jehangir Ahmad Khanday and Farooq Ahmad Chopan both of Waripora Tangmarg.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Baramulla Dr Bashir Ahmad confirmed the death of six persons and said that four other injured were under treatment at sub-district hospital Tangmarg. Reports said that a local youth, probably a guide, also succumbed to his injuries, taking the death toll to 7.
Director Kashmir Tourism Mehmood Shah while talking to Kashmir Reader said that the accident happened when a tree fell down on the cable and a cabin skidded off it. He said that the rescue of people stranded in other cabins was conducted under the supervision of senior officers.