Seven injured after cable car falls at Kailasagiri Hill Park
Seven members of a family from Hyderabad were hospitalised after a cable car snapped while they were getting down at VUDA Kailasigiri Hill Park in the city on Sunday.
Following the incident which occurred around 4.30 p.m., VUDA suspended ropeway operations. Besides the ill-fated cable car, five other cars were grounded.
The injured include two minor girls. Two of the adults complained of waist pain following which some investigations were done. All of them had suffered minor injuries due to their fall on the bushes.
The injured are identified as R. Ashish Kumar 36, K. Priyadarshni, 34, Kiran Kumari, 33, R. Alekhya, 24, R. Manisha, 19, R. Yakshika and Tiya, both aged 7. They came here on a vacation.
Eyewitnesses said most of the Sunday revellers who thronged Kailasigiri, the best tourist attraction of the city, to enjoy see breeze and panoramic view of combination of concrete jungle, hill-valley and beach ambience from atop the hill, were not aware of the accident.
“There was some sound and I ran to the cable car which met with the accident. Immediately the control room was contacted and the ambulance and Rakshak vehicle rushed them to hospital,” a security guard posted on duty at the park, said.
VUDA Vice-Chairman Vice Chairman T. Babu Rao Naidu told The Hindu after a visit to the accident site that the cabin car fell down when it got disconnected from the hook which was holding it. Minor injuries were caused to the tourists and all of them were first shifted to King George Hospital and later to a corporate hospital.
VUDA has outsourced Kolkata-based Conveyor and Ropeway Services Private Ltd for maintenance of the ropeway service.
During the weekend, 500 to 600 people go on cable car ride to enjoy enchanting beauty of the city during the weekend.
HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao who visited the hospital to enquire about the condition of the patients said a probe would be conducted into the incident.