To protect the safety of visitors, the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has requested that the Hirakud ropeway be non-destructively tested at the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.
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Subhankar Mohanty, the SMC’s enforcement officer, stated that with the onset of tourist season, the ropeway has seen increased foot traffic.
“People’s safety and security are our top priorities.” As a result, we have requested that the ropeway be tested by the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research. “The test will be carried out to see whether there is any defect,” Mohanty was quoted as saying by the TOI.
Mohanty stated that they maintain regular contact with the institute’s director. A crew is expected to visit Sambalpur for testing next month, with a budget of roughly Rs 5 lakh.
Mohanty went on to say that testing at regular periods is critical for people’s safety and security. Previously, the ropeway hanger was discovered to be defective and was replaced.
Non-destructive testing, in particular, is a process used to analyze the qualities of a material, component, structure, or system for distinctive differences or welding faults and discontinuities without causing damage. The ropeway’s last test took place in 2021.
On November 26, 2019, the ropeway began operations. It links Jawahar Udyan to Gandhi Minar in Hirakud Dam.
While Jawahar Udyan is a park beneath the dam, Gandhi Minar is a guard tower with a bird’s eye view of the reservoir and dam.