Updated: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:12 PM IST
Shimla | Jagran News Desk: A National Disaster Response Force team concluded a rescue operation at the site where two cable cars were stuck mid-air with 15 people on board after a glitch at Timber Trail Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh's Solan valley on Monday. According to a senior official, two cable cars, one with 11 tourists and the other with 4 tourists, were stuck mid-air.
"A total of 15 persons were stranded in two cable cars. Four people in the uphill trolly and 11 in the downhill trolly", said Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management, Himachal Pradesh.
After hours of effort, all 15 passengers on board the two cable cars were rescued safely with no injuries to anyone. "All 11 stranded people have been rescued", Sharma said.
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However, the tourists claimed that they were given the only option to be rescued using ropes. The tourists demanded other alternatives for the rescue operation to be continued. Earlier, the tourists claimed "lack of arrangements" and feared being rescued using ropes.
According to the video shot by the tourists stuck in the cable car, the tourists refused to use ropes for the rescue operation. "They said that if you want to be rescued through ropes, then it is fine otherwise we have no other option," a female said.
"I cannot use the ropes. They (the authorities) said if you want to be rescued, then fine, or else the operation would not be conducted. They have no arrangements," a tourist claimed.
Earlier today, Virender Sharma, Superintendent of Police said, "6-7 tourists stranded in Parwanoo Timber Trail (cable-car) due to some technical problem. Another cable car trolly deployed to rescue them. The technical team of the Timber Trail operator deployed and the police team are monitoring the situation.
In April this year, three people died after tourists were stuck in cable cars in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district for more than 40 hours following a technical snag. Altogether, 50 people had been rescued from the cable cars after a malfunction on the 770-m ropeway to the Trikut Hills, a popular tourist spot.