Madurai: As many as 22 devotees including 6 children ferried in a rope car to and from the hill temple at Palani were trapped midway after the vehicles developed technical snag on Wednesday. However, all were rescued to safety after a struggle of three hours.
The rope car moving on either directions – four cabins going to the hilltop Sri Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple and another four cabins coming down to the foothills – stopped midway in the morning after the transportation system that rely on cables to pull the vehicles developed a hitch. Temple administration attributed the reason to a mechanical fault.
Temple manager Paneerselvam said 22 devotees, 15 headed to the temple and 7 including temple superintendent Rajendran climbing down after worship, were stuck at different heights ranging between 30 feet and 80 feet above the ground when the cable cars screeched to a halt suddenly. Those trapped included devotees from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.