The accident in Deoghar, Jharkhand, where many tourists are stuck in a trolley due to a fault in the ropeway on the Trikut Hill since 3 PM yesterday, had initially put to risk 48 lives, 16 of whom have been rescued. Tourists have been stranded in the hanging carrier 1,500 ft above the ground for the past 21 hours.
District Deputy Commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri and Police Captain Subhash Chandra Jat have been camping at the spot since yesterday.
The deputy commissioner said: “Personnel of Indo-Tibetian Border Police, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) reached the spot in the morning for rescue work. One person died in the incident and one who sustained serious injuries is being treated. We are doing continuous announcements so that the people stranded won’t panic.” He had earlier said: “A pulley of one of the trollies got stuck resulting in the incident. 48 people were stranded… Water and refreshments have been provided to them through a parallel line.”
The tourists who are stranded are mostly from Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is monitoring the situation. He inquired about the accident, relief and rescue work. He has been monitoring the situation since last evening while the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Indian Army are engaged in relief and rescue work.
At the special request of the state government, the stranded passengers are being safely returned by the helicopter of the Indian Air Force. One tourist died in the incident. One, who is seriously injured, has been referred to a hospital with better facilities.
According to an official, ten tourists sustained serious injuries in a collision that occurred around 4.30 PM yesterday and one of them died late at night.
The highest peak of the Trikut Hill is 2,470 ft above sea level in the Mohanpur block on Deoghar-Dumka road, about 20 km from the Deoghar town. The ropeway is at a height of about 1,500 ft above the ground. The Jharkhand tourism department says the Trikut ropeway is the highest vertical ropeway in the country with a maximum elevation angle of 44°. The ropeway, situated around 20 km from Baba Baidyanath Temple, is around 766 m long while the hill is 392 m high.
The foothills of the Trikut Hill are surrounded by the Mayurakshi river. The length of the ropeway is about 766 m (2,512 ft). There are a total of 26 cabins for tourists in the Trikut ropeway. It takes only 8 to 10 min to reach the peak. Rs cost of a ticket for the ropeway is Rs 130 have to be spent to go by ropeway.
This is the only ropeway of Jharkhand. It is at an altitude of 800 m above the surface. The ropeway timings are regularly from 9 AM to 5 PM.