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Jharkhand Ropeway Mishap: High level probe team notified

Ranchi: Jharkhand government notified a four-member committee for investigations into the ropeway mishap at Trikut Hills in Deoghar on April 10. Three persons had died and 46 were rescued after over 40 hour marathon operation. Tourists were stranded in different cable cars midair. 

According to the notification, Ajoy Kumar Singh, principal secretary of the state finance department will lead the team. Other members will be tourism secretary Amitabh Kaushal, and one representative each from the Indian School of Mines Dhanbad and the National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation. The committee can invite more experts, if required, from any other institution in the country to assistance in the probe. The team has to furnish its report within two months.

On April 10, a section of the ropeway snapped midway when one of the chair cars collided with another car leading to snapping of a wire. The ropeway is being operated by Damodar Ropeways and Infrastructure Private Limited since 2009.

Administration pressed special teams from Indian Air Force, army, ITBP, NDRF for the rescue. On the other hand, state government had issued Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the deceased on Monday.