Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik has taken a strong note of air fares to Srinagar shooting up drastically during winters.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday (Feb, 2019) Governor Malik in his speech at Srinagar raked up the issue of airline companies charging the fares according to their whims and fancies and urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address this issue on his return to the national capital.
This year Kashmir witnessed harsh winter season and the Srinagar-Jammu highway, only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country remained blocked due to the inclement weather conditions. The airline companies utilized the opportunity and ensured that travelers end up paying through their nose.
These airline companies even ignored the repeated requests, which were made by the Governor’s administration to keep the airfares under control.
Governor Malik has taken up an important issue as it touches the skin of a common man. He (Governor Malik) expressed dismay over students missing their exams as they couldn’t reach Jammu due to the closure of the highway and the exorbitant air tariff charged by the airlines.
One hopes that this time around civil aviation ministry takes a note of the demand which has been made by the Governor Malik and acts accordingly. It’s unfortunate that when Srinagar-Jammu highway gets blocked a passenger has to pay anything between Rs 20,000 to Rs 25000 to travel from Delhi to Srinagar. Even the fares from Srinagar to Jammu or vice versa cross Rs 10,000 to 12000 mark. Tourists avoid visiting Kashmir during winter months and prefer cheaper destinations. High airfares during the past few years have kept tourists away from the Valley during winter months and have not allowed winter tourism to flourish. The tourism players have approached everyone with their plea to rein in the air carriers but till date they have not any response from anyone.