Service to help locals, patients; will give flip to tourism in the area
SRINAGAR: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice (RDPRLJ), Abdul Haq on Monday flagged off the much awaited Srinagar-Karnah-Machil Helicopter Service fulfilling the long pending demand of the area, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the helicopter service will connect the people of the area with rest of the state especially during adverse weather conditions besides giving flip to the tourism in the border areas of Kupwara district.
The first flight that was flagged off on Monday from Srinagar carried five passengers from Srinagar to Machil.
Speaking on the occasion Abdul Haq said the residents of Machil and Karnah have been suffering owing to connectivity issues in the past. He said being far away from the summer capital Srinagar, the people, especially patients had to face many hardships during adverse weather conditions and the helicopter service has come as a ‘major relief for the people’. He said, “With the start of the helicopter service, the long pending demand of the people have been fulfilled,” maintaining that the chief minister has been very particular about the issue of connectivity in far flung areas as these areas remain disconnected during winters.
He said, “The service will also give flip to tourism as more tourists will be attracted to the virgin valleys of the state where helicopter services have been started including Gurez Valley, Poonch, Rajouri and Kishtwar.”
He said the current dispensation is committed to develop remote areas at par with urban areas on modern lines and increase job avenues by giving flip to the tourism sector in the district.
He said former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had a wish to see the ‘winds of change and development’ in the remote areas and it is because of his efforts that we are seeing these developmental projects ‘seeing the light of day’ in the remotest hamlets of the state which seemed to be impossible earlier.
“Mufti Sahib’s (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) historical initiatives became the bedrock for the development of these hitherto neglected districts,” the minister said. He said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti continued the mission of her late father and is committed to develop the district on modern lines.
He said the helicopter service will act as another milestone for boosting tourism of the district thereby, helping to boost its economy.
He further said that providing relief to the people of far off regions is the top priority of the government that is why government is focusing on inter-regional connectivity through surface by developing better roads and air connectivity to far off regions like Kishtwar, Paddar, Gurez, Rajouri and Poonch.
To avoid any inconvenience to passengers, he instructed the district administration to make the public aware about scheduled dates and timings of the service, the press note added.