Our Mandate
In-situ non-destructive study and advice on the condition of steel wire ropes used in mine winders, aerial
ropeways for passengers and material transportation.
Testing, certification and investigation of Electrical/Telephone cables of indigenous/imported origin as per IS
(Indian Standards) and other foreign standards for their suitability in mines and general purpose.
In-house design, estimation and execution of new electrification and renovation works in CSIR-CIMFR Estate
to fulfill the power requirement of laboratory for R&D purpose.
About Us
The input, exclusively provided by this laboratory specifically in this field of study for the mining/aerial/material
handling ropeway installations, has rendered yeomen service to the institute. This has provided ease and fruitful
guidance to the rope manufacturers as well as to the practical rope users in handling their R&D problems and the
decisive jobs of management of rope industries in discharging their duties more efficiently.
Steel wire ropes are usually subjected to severe working conditions in hazardous areas like mining and aerial
ropeway passenger cable car installations. The deterioration of ropes caused due to working environmental
conditions, wear, abrasion, corrosion, broken wires etc. are to be monitored at periodic interval for its safe and
economic use in the installation. Negligence in timely removal of the rope after critical stage will result in fatal
accidents and loss of life to personnel due to rope failure. In absence of any other method for evaluation of rope
deterioration which cannot be assessed by visual examination only on lengthy ropes, non-destructive investigation is
the only means of rope evaluation enabling safe optimum utilization of wire ropes.
 
This group consists of following sections: -
Wire Rope and Electrical Engineering
Electrical Maintenance Section
 
Our Expertise
In-situ nondestructive study and advice on the condition of steel wire ropes used in aerial ropeways and in
mine winders.
Testing of Electric power cables and telephone cables as per Indian/Foreign standards.
Electrical Engineering support to modern and latest testing equipments of the laboratory in installation,
commissioning and maintenance.
Our Accomplishments
The Department has been carrying out non-destructive study of steel wire ropes used in aerial ropeways and in
mine winders for more than 30 (thirty) years along with testing of power and telephone cables. The work
involves routine examination of the ropes using nondestructive method i.e. without disturbing the installation.
The rope condition is evaluated based on scanned data of ropes. Further, it is recommended either for further
use of rope in the installation or rope may be discarded since human lives are associated with the ropeway or
winder system.
The department with its 30+ years’ experience in the field of Non-destructive study of steel wire rope has
contributed in drafting and finalization of BIS standards for commissioning, operation and maintenance of
Aerial ropeways in India. Eleven new BIS standards related to passenger ropeway and modification of two
existing BIS standards were published in July 2020 by BIS Panel Committee on ‘Aerial Ropeways’.
Departmental studies on ropes have been extended to the longest ropeway at Auli, Joshimath, Uttarakhand.
Besides that, aerial ropeway at Nepal was also studied. Ropeways at different religious places in India are also
covered regularly. Different mine winder ropes are also studied.
A societal mission project on rural electrification work (RGGVY – Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran
Yojana) in 9 (nine) districts in Nagaland was carried out as Third party Inspection Agency (TPIA). Quality
and quantity audit of rural electrification work in Nagaland has been carried out by CIMFR. A total population
of 16,76,294 (according to Census 2011) have been benefitted after completion of RGGVY project in 9 (nine)
districts of Nagaland.

NameDesignationEmail & phonePhoto
Head of the Research Group
Dr. Debasish Basak

Briefbiodata
Chief Scientist & HORG E-mail : dbasak[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, deba65[at]yahoo[dot]com, debabasak[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 0326-2296003/4/11 (O) Extn. 4277 , 9471191662 (M)
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Wire Rope and Electrical Engineering
Mr. Sachchak Ramesh Waghmare Technical Officer & HOS E-mail : sachchakw[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, sachchakw[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 0326 2296004, Ext-4283 (O), 7620558850 (M)
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Mr. Mritunjay Kumar Singh

Briefbiodata
Sr. Technician (2) E-mail : mksingh_cimfr[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 0326-2296004, Extn. 4277 (O), 7209233617 (M)
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Mr. Marshal Topno Junior Secretariat Assistant E-mail : marshaltopno.net007[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 0326 2296004, Ext-4283 (O), 8210132245 (M)
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Mr. Gautam Gorai Technician E-mail : gautamgorai77[at]gmail[dot]com, gautamgorai[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone : 91109 58294 (M)
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Mr. Vikash Kumar Kushwaha MTS Group-C (NT) E-mail : kumarvikas900600[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 7261086646 (M)
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Mr. Mantu Rajwar T . S . Phone : 7033266234 (M) Service image
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The Research Group carried out following worth mentioning projects on non-destructive study of steel wire ropes:

SL. NO. Projects Sponsor
1 Two Haulage Ropes (32 mm & 36 mm dia) at Namchi Ropeways site (Sikkim)  Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata.
2 Two Track ropes (48 mm dia each) and One Haulage rope (22 mm dia) of bicable aerial ropeway passenger cable car at Gangtok, Sikkim M/s Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata.
3 Haulage rope of Cable car (32 mm dia) & 20 ropes (dia 16 mm each) of flying Eagle at Dreamland Amusement park at Siliguri, West Bengal Lucky Exports India Pvt. Ltd., Siliguri, West Bengal.
4 Four track ropes (22 mm dia each) and two haulage ropes (12 mm dia each) in motorised ropeway over river Beas fromChulla to Seoh, Jogindernagar Himachal Pradesh Public Works Dept, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
5 Four track ropes (36 mm dia each) and two haulage ropes (24 mm dia each) in aerial ropeway over river Brahmaputra at Guwahati, Assam Samir Damodar Ropeways Pvt Ltd, Assam.
6 Haulage rope (36 mm dia) of detachable grip monocable passenger ropeway at Maihar, MP Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata, India.
7 Haulage rope (42 mm dia) of detachable grip monocable passenger ropeway at Dharamshala, HP Leitner India Private Limited, New Delhi.
8 Haul and track rope (42 mm dia) over Aerial Ropeway cable Car installation at Solang Valley, Manali, HP Ski Himalayas Ropeway Pvt. Ltd., Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
9 Four track ropes (22 mm dia each) and two haulage ropes (12 mm dia each) in motorised ropeway over river Beas Shree Hanogimata Temple Trust, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
10 Four track ropes (30 mm dia)  and two haulage ropes (18 mm dia) in aerial ropeway at Timber Trail M/s Asia Resorts Ltd, Parwanoo, HP
11 Haulage rope (36 mm dia) of monocable passenger ropeway at Shri NainaDeviji, HP Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata, India
12 Haulage rope (38 mm dia) of monocable passenger ropeway (DRV) at Darjeeling, West Bengal Conveyor &Ropeway Services Private Limited, Kolkata.
13 Haulage rope (42 mm dia) of monocable passenger ropeway at Pushkar, Rajasthan Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata.
14 Haulage rope (36 mm dia) of monocable passenger ropeway at Digha, West Bengal Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, Kolkata.
15 Haulage rope (40 mm dia) of Jakhu ropeway at Shimla, HP Jagson International Limited, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
16 Two track ropes (44 mm dia each), two haulage ropes (29 mm dia each), one Chairlift haulage rope (36 mm dia), two ski haulage ropes (18 mm dia and 12 mm dia) at Auli, Joshimath Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, Uttarakhand.
17 Two track ropes (30 mm dia each) and two haulage ropes (17 mm dia each) of Nainital Ropeway Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, Naintal, Uttarakhand.
18 Haulage rope (36 mm dia) ofMaaChamunda Devi ropeway at Dewas, MP TrehanDamodar Ropeways Pvt. Limited, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh
19 Haulage rope (34 mm dia) of TSOMGO ropeway at Gangtok, Sikkim Conveyor & Ropeway Services Pvt. Limited, Kolkata.
20 Haulage rope (36 mm dia) of detachable grip monocable passenger ropeway at Trikutpahar, Deoghar, Jharkhand Haulage rope (36 mm dia) of detachable grip monocable passenger ropeway at Trikutpahar, Deoghar, Jharkhand
21 Two winding ropes (36 mm dia each) in Upcast Winder, two winding ropes (44 mm dia each) in Downcast Winder,two winding ropes (32 mm dia each) in Incline No. 5 (Upper Seam Project) of Chasnalla Colliery, Jharkhand Steel Authority of India Ltd, Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

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