After the Galyat Development Authority (GDA) declared the Ayubia chairlift dangerous for tourists on Friday, the chairlift’s operation was suspended until the installation could be replaced.
This was announced by Raza Ali Habib, Director General of the GDA, in a press release. He went on to say that the Ayubia chairlift was no more safe for human life, and that operating a chairlift in such hazardous conditions posed a significant risk to the lives of everyone on board. According to Raza Ali Habeeb, the existing chairlift was constructed in 1965 and was deemed extremely risky by the WPK International company in 2019 after a safety inspection.
The DG revealed that the Ayubia chairlift has been in operation for 20 to 25 years beyond its expected lifespan, and that the current tourism season has seen an unprecedented rush of tourists, with the number of visitors exceeding the chairlift’s capacity by four times.
This recreation facility, which was built in 1965 and includes riding trails, hiking trails, and picnic areas, also transports tourists to a nearby peak for a view of beautiful forested hills. The Ayubia Chairlift was Pakistan’s first of its kind, and it was the first of its kind to be built in the country.