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Shimla, June 20

All 11 tourists including 4 women who were stranded midair in a near death like experience after the cable car of Timber Trail Resorts (TTR) have been rescued by NDRF team from Parwanoo in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday morning.

These tourists from Delhi had boarded the cable car to reach on the  mountain top of Banasar area at around 11 am but got stranded in between the cable route due to a technical snag.

This left the tourists in the air over around 3,500ft into Kaushalya river, flowing in deep gorge. Four of them have been rescue technical team of timber trail while seven others were rescued by NDRF team that reached the spot.

Solan Additional SP Ashok Verma said that the district administration has launched a massive relief and rescue operations and the stranded passenger have been rescued, till the filing of this report.

He said that the mishap took place at around 11 am when the cable car carrying a total of 11 passengers suddenly jammed enroute to TTR’s mountain top hotel and spa. He said that local rescue team has already reached with a small trolley near the stranded car to rescue the trapped tourists.

Notably, the similar mishap had also taken place in October 1992 when the cable car of the TTR had suddenly swung with a jerk before it had come to a halt.

The 7-ft high hexagon-shaped car would have smashed the base to smithereens, but it had got suspended in mid-air over  around 3,500 ft into the deep Kaushalya rivulet.

After this, Himachal government had approached the army brigade from Kasauli, that had immediately swung into action and by the late evening, a Cheetah helicopter from Sarsawa in Utter Pradesh reached while a Para-commando, Major Ivan Joseph Crasto had arrived from Nahan.

Group Capt Fali Homi Major and his unit had started the evacuation operation on October 13. The young ace flyer, Ft Lt P Upadhyay with Group Captain Fali Homi Major in 1992 had carried out the sortie turn by turn.

He flew the maximum sorties himself allowing Major Crasto to slither down 110 ft or more to land in the stranded cable car. Finally, with the brilliant action of young Air Force and Army officers, the lives of all standards tourists had been saved at that time.


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