Gulmarg: 7 Killed, At Least 150 Stranded After Pine Tree Hits Cable Car…!!🚡😢


At least seven people were killed after a pine tree fell on a ropeway in Gulmarg Gondola on Sunday. The accident took place at the popular ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, police said.

The pine tree uprooted by sudden strong winds snapped and severed the lines leading to the cable car falling down to the ground, an official said.

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The gondola is one of the world’s highest, transporting passengers to a height of about 4,100 meters (13,450 feet).

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First such deadly mishap witnessed in Gulmarg…!!

The huge tree hits two towers on which the cables are strung. This was first such accident since the cable-car service which started in 1998 and was built by the French firm Pomalgalski.

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The witnesses said that a ropeway came crashing down from a height of about 100 feet after derailing from a pulley.

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7 Killed And 2 Others Injured including 2 children…!!

Seven people including four of a family from Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh died in two cable cars due to internal injuries.

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About two persons were injured after the Gondola ropeway in Kashmir’s premier resort of Gulmarg derailed.

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The victims have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, Manshea Andraskar with their two daughters Janhvi Jayant and Anagha Jayant.

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Jayant Andraskar

They were along with their local guide Mukhtar Ahmed, an inhabitant of Chountpathri Babareshi.

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A local, Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi was also killed, the official said.

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Two others who also were killed in the mishap are Jahangir Ahmad Khanday, a guide, and Farooq Ahmad Chopan who both were the residents of Tangmarg.

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The injured are Tariq Ahmad Katariya and Ajaz Ahmed Ganie.

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Omar Abdullah expressed condolences over the crash…!!

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Former J & K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah questioned why the ropeway service had not been stopped as a preventive measure due to high winds.

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Stuck ropeway at Gulmarg

He posted on Twitter:

Gondola service stopped and rescue operation was set up for 150 helpless people…!!

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With the help of all-terrain vehicle operators and locals, J& K Police rescued about 150 people who were helpless due to the cable car ropeway crash.

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Jaydeep with his children trapped in the Gondola for 4 and half hours…!!

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Tourist Jaydeep with his kids trapped in the Gondola for four and half hours

Anil Sachdev told:

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J& M Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has ordered an immediate inquiry and announced ex-gratia relief of Rs. 5 lakhs for each killed person.

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Director Tourism, Mahmood A. Shah said:

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