Omar to knock Modi sarkar for airport upgradation, jobs

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government plans to take up a number of issues with government of India soon after Narendra Modi’s coronation as Prime Minister on Monday.
Among the issues, Chief Omar Abdullah may seek registration of a case against Hyderabad-based Ramky Infrastructures for deserting construction work on highway in south Kashmir after allotment and upgradation of Srinagar airport.
“Srinagar-Khanabal road is so much dilapidated that bones broke down, but it pertains to National Highway Authority of India. Work on four-lane construction has been unfortunately entrusted to Ramky (Infrastructures). There should be an FIR against the company as it has deserted the work after allotment to it,” Omar Abdullah told a New Delhi-based news channel on Sunday.
In April this year, the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) lodged an FIR against Ramky Infrastructures for allegedly using fake steel under its tag for the construction of flyover on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
“We want night flights so that Srinagar Airport becomes International in real sense. There are many issues especially unemployment and we want special recruitment drive in central forces and agencies,” Omar said.
“Let the government started functioning at Centre and we will take all these issues.”
In July last year, Defence Ministry had announced clearance of operation of civilian flights at the airport here till 10 pm daily, paving way for extended air operations between Kashmir to different parts of India.
However, in October last, then Minister for Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh had stated that there were no plans to operate international and evening flights from the airport in near future.
Businessmen and tour operators have repeated said that it was desirable to have flights arrive and take off late in the evening and at night, which at present is not allowed because of security considerations.