High airfares, poor road connectivity keeping tourists away

High airfares, poor road connectivity keeping tourists away

Airfares to Srinagar skyrocketing has led to decline in number of tourists visiting Kashmir. The stakeholders, who were waiting for weather to improve, have been left high and dry. They fear that this year Kashmir may witness minimal tourist activity due to high airfares and frequent closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Repeated requests to the civil aviation ministry to regulate the airfares to Srinagar have not worked as the airline companies have refused to budge. They are sticking to the demand and supply formula.
If the government doesn’t find a way out to break the ice, there is every possibility about the tourism season taking a severe hit this year. The people carrying out the expansion work of the Srinagar-Jammu highway have made it clear that the process would take time and nothing could be done to expedite the work.
High airfares and no road connectivity to Kashmir is bad news for the people associated with the tourism industry. If they have to survive they should look for other ways and means to earn their livelihood as this year one cannot predict much tourism activity in Kashmir.
The Jammu and Kashmir government needs to step in and take a serious note about the difficulties which the people are facing. Usually tourists used to arrive in the Valley by middle of April and by now all the hotels used to be full. This year most of the hotels are empty and there is no booking for coming days and months.
Stakeholders are hoping that situation may change after the Lok Sabha election results are declared and new dispensation is formed at the Centre. For time being they have to keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best.