Toll increases in Jharkhand ropeway mishap, more stuck

Patna: Rescue operations, which got suspended on Monday evening because of proper visibility in India’s highest vertical ropeway, estimated to be 766-metre long, resumed this morning. The death toll, which was initially two, has now increased to three.

They were killed when two cable cars on a ropeway at Trikut hills in Deoghar district of Jharkhand collided on Sunday afternoon. Ten tourists are still trapped in stranded cable cars. The accident was apparently caused by a pulley malfunction while more than 30 others have been rescued.

Tourists from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal were trapped in the cable cars. ‘The rescue operation is on as some people are still stuck in some trolleys up in the air,’ said NDRF Assistant Commandant Vinay Kumar Singh.

The ropeway is situated around 20 kms from the famous Baba Baidyanath Shiv temple in Deoghar. It is around 766 meters long and has 25 cable cars running over a picturesque but densely forested valley surrounded by hills. The Trikut hills are 392 meters high, making rescue operations difficult except by helicopters.