Timber Trail Parwanoo: A state disaster management official said on Monday that 11 people were trapped in a cable car at Parwanoo Timber Trail in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, as rescue teams started evacuating them one by one.
Parwanoo Deputy Superintendent of Police Pranav Chauhan said that all of them were rescued within a few hours.
Timber Trail Parwanoo: Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also reached the spot and took stock of the tourists and took stock of the rescue operation.
Earlier, State Disaster Management Director Sudesh Mokhta said that eight people were stuck in the wooden path due to some technical glitch in the cable car.
Timber Trail Parwanoo: According to Solan Superintendent of Police Virendra Sharma, another cable car trolley was sent to rescue the trapped people.
National Disaster Response Force team also has been reached the spot. The SP said that the technical team of the Timber Trail Operator has been deployed and the police team is monitoring the situation.
A similar scene was witnessed on 13 October 1992, when the haulage cable broke near the docking station and the cable car carrying 11 passengers slid backwards. In a panic, the operator jumped out of the car as he began his slide and died after his head hit a rock. The joint operation was carried out by a 152-helicopter unit located at Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh, 1 Para Commando Unit at Nahan, Himachal Pradesh and an Engineer Unit at Chandimandir. The operation was led by the then Group Captain Fali H Major, who later in his career became the IAF chief.
Timber Trail Parwanoo: Major Ivan Joseph Crasto, a para commando, used a helicopter winch to land on top of the car. He opened the escape hatch from the top of the car and picked up the passengers one by one. Due to unsuccessful lighting, only four passengers could be saved on 14 October, and Crasto opted to stay in the car for the night. The rest of the passengers were rescued the next day.
Crasto was awarded the Kirti Chakra for this gallant act, while the Fali Major received the Shaurya Chakra and his co-pilot, Flight Lieutenant P Upadhyay, the Vayu Sena Medal.
In April this year, three people died after tourists were stuck in cable cars for over 40 hours due to a technical snag in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district. Altogether 50 people were rescued by cable cars after a 770-metre ropeway failure to lead to the popular tourist destination Trikoot Hills.