After 40-day closure, Gulmarg ropeway back on track
After remaining suspended for 40 days following an accident, the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation on Thursday restored operation of its Gandola ropeway at the famed ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district.
The ropeway, a favorite destination for backpackers in Kashmir, was closed following a tragic accident which led to death of seven persons, including four members of a New Delhi-based family and three locals, after a tree fell on the ropeway, snapping cables and bringing a cable car cabin crashing hundreds of feet to ground in June this year.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, managing director JKCCC, Shameem Ahmad Wani said, "After fulfilling all the requisite formalities, we have resumed operations of the ropeway. Tourists from Belgium enjoyed the first ride."
He said they have taken necessary steps to prevent any mishaps in future.
"Today, a group of eight persons from Belgium and some tourists from Kolkata boarded the Gondola," he said, adding that a family from UAE boarded the ropeway upto the first phase.
More than 100 tourists enjoyed the ride till afternoon, he said.
"After the mishap, we have reassessed all safety measures and also sought opinion from technical experts who recently visited the spot and gave nod for resumption of operations after conducting inspections," Wani said.