Saroori Demands Air Service for Kishtwar, says, ‘Batote-Kishtwar-Sinthan a Death Trap’



Lawmaker G M Saroori
Lawmaker G M Saroori

J&K Congress Vice-president and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori Friday appealed Governor J&K N N Vohra and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to start the private aircraft or Air India aircraft ATR 50 service from Jammu to Kishtwar, keeping in view the bad condition of Batote-Kishtwar NH1B road which remains isolated from the rest of the world due to deplorable condition of the road.

“Due to poor condition of Batote-Kishtwar road and geography of the region, the people of most of the Kishtwar district wants that air service from Jammu to Kishtwar should be started as people residing in far off places like Chatroo, Singhpora, Chingam, Sigdi, Passerkote, Mugalmaidan, Marwah, Warwan, Dachhan, Paddar, Keshwan, Thakrie, Saroor, Drabshalla, Bunjwah, Bhalessa, Kahara, Thathri, Doda, Bhaderwah, Assar, Doda areas are facing enormous difficulties due to bad condition of the National highway connecting Kishtwar and Doda districts with rest of the world,” Saroori said in a statement issued here.

Saroori sought immediate intervention of Governor J&K and Union Minister for Road and Surface Nitin Gadkari to safeguard the lives of the thousands of the commuters traveling on this prestigious National Highway Batote-Kishtwar of the state connecting population of nearly 15 lacks with the rest of the country.

He said that people of three and half districts of Chenab Valley dependent on this very highway for commuting and transportation of goods and supplies. He regretted that due attention to its proper upkeep and maintenance is not being paid which has multiplied the woes and miseries of the people of the Chenab Valley.

“The journey has turned highly risky and the rate of road accidents has soared to unusually higher levels— Road surface have become order of the day and travelling time has increased manifold on this road” said Saroori and added that as the matter is causing grave annoyance to the commuters, besides severely impacting the credibility of Jammu & Kashmir as a reputed tourist destination, I hope Governor and Union Minister will lend attention to the matter that it deserves to facilitate smooth and hassle-free journey of the people of Chenab Valley.”

While suggesting the long-term and permanent solution to the problems faced by commuters as well as the people of the Chenab Valley, Saroori urged the Union Minister for Road & Surface and Governor J&K for sanctioning four lanes from Nashri tunnel to Kishtwar-Chatroo-Islamabad via Singpora Vailoo tunnel, beside short run proper maintenance and upkeep of the existing Highway can bring huge respite for the commuters/tourists as well as lacks of people living in Jammu province, Chenab Valley and Kashmir Valley.

“Besides this start the air service either privately or ask Air India who has ATR-50 aircrafts to start the air service to this hilly district. He also pleaded for operation of full-fledged air service to Kishtwar as no such service operates for the hilly district,” he added.

He said the infrastructure of Kishtwar airport under Indian Army was already in place to facilitate such flight operation.

Saroori hoped that with kind indulgence, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Road & Surface and Governor J&K will direct the concerned for taking urgent steps to ensure proper maintenance and sanctioning of four lanes for Batote-Kishtwar-Chatroo-Islamabad Highway NH1B and start either air service privately or ask Air India to start the air service from Jammu to Kishtwar. As during UPA II regime such air service was made operational to Kargil as well to North-Eastern region of the country.


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