Jharkhand Cable Car mishap: Audit advised ‘close watch’ months before accident
The tourists who were trapped mid-air in the Deodhar cable car mishap in Jharkhand were rescued on Tuesday after 45 harrowing hours. Reportedly, three people lost their lives after the
The tourists who were trapped mid-air in the Deodhar cable car mishap in Jharkhand were rescued on Tuesday after 45 harrowing hours.
Reportedly, three people lost their lives after the three cable cars collided with each other due to a malfunction of the ropeway and were left dangling mid-air.
A day after the rescue operations has been completed, it has emerged that a government-backed agency had conducted a safety audit about three-weeks ago of the 1,770m-long steel rope used to haul the cable cars – and reported that its condition was ‘satisfactory’.
The audit report pointed to “24 local flaws/initiation of flaws” and recommended that a “close visual watch” be kept on the rope and its joints or the “splicing portions”.
The report recommended that the rope should be kept clean and protected from corrosion. “Special attention may be given…as the rope is more than seven years old. If any abnormality is noticed, rope may be replaced immediately,” it said.
At the accident spot, the two-day rescue operation following the incident on Sunday evening ended on Tuesday afternoon even as a 60-year-old woman fell to her death as she was being winched up to one of the two IAF helicopters on duty.
Of the other two victims, another woman had succumbed to injuries sustained inside a cable car on Sunday while a 40-year-old man fell to death while being hauled up to a helicopter on Monday.
First Published: 13th April, 2022 13:16 IST
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