Operation of Manakamana Cable Car, the only cable car service in the country, has become uncertain even though all its infrastructures are safe, as nobody is allowed to enter inside the Manakamana Temple, which has tilted, after the earthquake.
Nobody except the priest is allowed to enter the temple.
D N Kayastha, deputy general manager of Manakamana Cable Car, said around 2,000 to 6,000 people used to visit Manakamana Temple through cable car on a daily basis. According to him, the cable car serves around 1 million people annually and that the company has already lost Rs 50 million after the earthquake.
Narendra Babu Shrestha, coordinator of Manakamana Temple Renovation Committee, said the temple was already tilted six inches toward the south-western side before the earthquake. Now it has tilted six inches further, he added. “If we allow visitors to worship the goddess from outside, cable car service can resume operation immediately,” he added.
As the temple has been tilted further, the committee has decided to demolish the temple and build a new temple. “Once we finish demolition works, people can worship the goddess kept on the temple premises. After that the cable car service can resume operation,” he added.
The committee has collected Rs 50 million for demolition and rebuilding works. According to Shrestha, it will take two years to build the temple. It had decided to demolish the temple on May 4.
Manakamana Cable Car had stopped operation after the earthquake of April 25. Though it had resumed service on May 10, it halted operation after the strong aftershock of May 12.