JAMMU: The air courier service from Srinagar to Kargil would become operational from January 10 next year to facilitate movement of people of Kargil district during winter months.
It was revealed by Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali while reviewing the measures taken by the government for smooth to and fro facilities here today at a high level meeting .
Chairman, LAHDC- Kargil, Kachoo Ahmad Ali, MLA Kargil, Asgar Ali Karbalai, MLA Zanskar, Syed Bakir Hussain Rizvi, Executive Councillor LAHDC Kargil Muhammad Aamir, Councillor Muhammad Ismail, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Civil Aviation J&K S Katock, Director Airport Authority, Jammu D.K.Goutam, Director Disaster Management J&K Aamir Ali, Senior Manager Operations Ashok Gongwar, SSP Antiu Hijacking Rajesh Bali and Laison Officer Sadiq Ali attended the meeting.
The Chairman said that Srinagar- Kargil –Leh road remains closed during winter due to heavy snowfall and government has taken several steps to facilitate free movement of the people of the region from Srinagar and Jammu which also include the air sorties during winter season.
The Chairman said that Indian Air Force will commence AN-32 courier service to Kargil from January, 10 2017and it will remain operational during the whole winter season after closure of the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway.
The Chairman asked the concerned departments to maintain close coordination for smooth operation of the much needed service to the border district during the harsh winter season.
The meeting was informed that AN-32 courier service would operate from Srinagar to Kargil and back thrice in a week whereas it will be operated from Jammu to Kargil and back twice in a week.
The meeting decided that in case of cancellation of any sortie due to bad weather or any other reason, necessary announcements should be made through electronic media so that the passengers may not face any inconvenience.
The meeting also decided that insurance cover should also be provided to the passengers on meager charges included in the air ticket. The decision has been taken for the larger benefits of the passengers.
The meeting was further informed that facilities during stay in Srinagar and Jammu, including additional security personnel and transportation to airport, would be provided by the local administration.