Gulmarg gondola accident an ‘Act of God’, says cable car operator

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The system stopped operation and we found out that the cable had been derailed, he added

 

Latest news : The management of the company that operates the gondola cable car service in Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday blamed “an act of God” for the Sunday tragedy which killed seven people including four members of a Delhi family.

 

Riyaz Ahmad, General Manager of the project, told IANS that there was no violation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) on Sunday as alleged by some.

 

A man, his wife and their two children were killed in the accident that also left three locals dead. Another 150 people who were in other cable cars were saved.

 

“We don’t operate the gondola during high velocity winds and there is an inbuilt safety mechanism in the system that automatically stops the operation whenever there are gusty winds,” Ahmad said.

 

“What happened yesterday was a great misfortune because of an act of God,” he told IANS.

 

Ahmad said there was bright sunshine when the cable cars were in motion. But, he said, “suddenly a gush of strong wind uprooted a pine tree that hit another large pine tree, whose branch fell on the cable derailing it from the pulley.

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