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Patriata chairlift resumes operation.

MURREE -- The Patriata chairlift resumed operation on Friday after remaining closed for almost two weeks due to a fault.

As many as 106 people remained hanging at a height of hundreds of feet when a chain slipped off a pulley of the chairlift on June 29 after a pole was uprooted in a windstorm.

The tourists were rescued after a 12-hour operation involving various institutions.

Talking to this correspondent, chairlift and cable car manager Mohsin Fazil confirmed that the fault in the chairlift had been fixed and it had resumed its operation.

However, he said the cable car would take time to be restored as Austrian experts had been called to check it.

On July 1, a four-member inquiry committee was formed by the Punjab government, comprising the general manager operation Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP), assistant commissioner Murree, TDCP Rawalpindi regional manager and a section officer of the Punjab tourism ministry to investigate the accident.

The committee was supposed to submit its report within three days.

When contacted, chairlift operation general manager Asim Raza said the committee had submitted its report to the authorities concerned and it might be made public in a day.

He said apparently no human error was found in the inquiry, adding the whole system of the chairlift and cable car was computerised.

The official said the Austrian company, Dopple Mire, had been requested to send its technical expert for further checking of the cable car.

Mr Asim said the lift had been operating since 1990 and more than 500,000 tourists took a ride on it annually but it had never met an accident. He said even on June 29 it was not an accident as the tourists remained stranded in the air but were safe.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 13, 2019
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