Governor orders magisterial inquiry, announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to NoK
State Times News Jammu: Two workers were killed and four others injured on Sunday after a cable car of the under-construction Jammu ropeway project crashed, police said. The crash took place due to some technical snag near the Mahamaya temple this evening, a police official said. According to preliminary information, one of the cable cars got detached and crashed, resulting in the death of one of the workers on the spot and injuries to five others, he said. He added that the injured were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, where one of them, who was stated to be critical, succumbed to injuries. All six were aboard the cable car when the crash took place, the police official said. Both the deceased hailed from West Bengal while two injured each were identified as residents of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The Governor Satya Pal Malik has ordered a magisterial inquiry to be conducted to know the causes of the incident. He also announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to the Next of Kin of those killed in the mishap. He also directed the divisional administration to provide free of cost medical treatment to those who were injured in the mishap. The Governor expressed grief over the loss of precious lives and described the incident as tragic and unfortunate. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and sympathised with the bereaved families. Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and Chief Secretary B V R Subramanyam visited the Government Medical College, Hospital along with Inspector General of Police, Jammu range Manish Sinha, DC Jammu Romesh Kumar, SSP, Jammu Tejinder Singh to enquire about the well being of injured. Ganai told reporters in the hospital, during a mock drill a rescue trolley of ropeway construction company Damodar Ropeways and Infra Limited (DRIL) crash landed on the ground in which one person died on the spot while another injured succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Ganai said, a safety team of Chief Engineers has been constituted to thoroughly investigate the mishap. The Chief Secretary also visited the accident site and took stock of the situation. He directed the Police to sanitise the entire area to prevent any further mishap. Last month the ropeway construction company had conducted pre-commissioning trial run. The Jammu ropeway project, planned to boost tourism in the winter capital, is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 3.
The 1.66-km-long cable car project has two phases, first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park and second from Mahamaya to Peer Kho over the Tawi river, with a total length of 1,118 metres.
National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Sunday expressed anguish and grief over the death of two persons in the mishap and described the incident as most tragic and unfortunate.
Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families, prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
National Conference Provincial President Jammu Devender Singh Rana on Sunday expressed shock and deep grief over the incident and sought a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the incident.
“It is a matter of grave concern and the tragic incident is needed to be inquired into immediately to fix the responsibility and punish the guilty”, Rana said.
He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families who lost their dear ones in the tragic incident, prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished the injured speedy recovery.
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