Two killed, four injured in Jammu ropeway crash

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Two workers were killed and four others injured on Sunday after a cable car of the Jammu ropeway project crashed during a mock rescue drill, ahead of its scheduled inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the month of February.

The accident took place due to some technical snag near the Mahamaya temple, a police official said.

During a mock rescue drill, a trolley carrying six workers got unbalanced and fell down, leaving one-person dead on the spot and five others injured,” the source said.

The injured were immediately rushed to government Medical College and Hospital, where one of them, who was stated to be critical, succumbed to injuries.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives in Jammu’s trial run accident and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the accident. He also announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 5 lakh to family of those who died and directed the divisional administration to provide free medical treatment to the injured, an official spokesman said.

The Jammu ropeway project is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 3.