- PM Modi interacted with personnel of Army, ITNBP, local administration and civil society.
- The personnel were responsible for launching a 40-hour long rescue operation at Deoghar (Jharkhand).
- PM Modi said that the incident could be a case study and a lesson for the future.
Deogarh ropeway accident: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with the personnel of IAF, Indian Army, NDRF, ITBP, local administration, and civil society who were involved in the over 40-hour rescue operation during the Deogarh ropeway accident. During the interaction, PM Modi said that the incident should be taken as a case study for the future, although, he even said that such incidents happen rarely. He said that the country learned lessons from the accident and the rescue mission.
The Prime Minister conveyed his gratitude to the personnel for their efforts in the rescue operation at Deoghar. "Over the course of 3 days, you worked round the clock, completed a difficult operation and saved the lives of several citizens. The entire country has appreciated your efforts. Though we're sad that the lives of some people couldn't be saved", he said.
PM Modi expressed sadness that the lives of three persons could not be saved and said, "Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims." He also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Prime Minister also said that India is proud that it has capable forces in the form of the Army, Air Force, NDRF, ITBP, and Police that has the strength to bring out the people from every crisis.
Meanwhile, Manjunath Bhajantri, District Magistrate of Deoghar said that drones were used to provide water and food to stranded people in cable cars.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked and congratulated all the personnel for carrying out the rescue operation. "I congratulate & thank all representatives of NDRF, Air Force, ITBP, Army, Dist Admn because it was a very difficult op which they carried out patiently. So many agencies, with good coordination, carried out the operation in such a short period of time with minimum loss." Shah said.
Nearly 70 people were stuck on the ropeway in Jharkhand's Deoghar following a collision between cable cars due to a technical snag on Sunday (April 10). A joint team of IAF, Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and local police launched a complicated rescue mission to bring people safety who were trapped mid-air.
Unfortunately, three people died, including two tourists who fell down while being pulled up by an IAF helicopter during the rescue operation. At least 12 injured people are undergoing treatment at hospitals.
The Trikut ropeway, according to the Jharkhand Tourism Department, is India's highest vertical ropeway. It is around 766-meter long.