JAMMU: To give the J&K tourism industry a fillip, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday urged the government of India to include Srinagar Airport among India’s airports from where flights to ASEAN countries operate.
In a letter to Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pasupati, the CM said the operation of flights to and from the ASEAN region to Srinagar would give the state’s tourism industry the desired push it has been craving for. “The operation of flights from and to cities like Kuala-Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore and other cities in the region would have a positive impact on the local tourism industry and bolster the state’s economy,” she said in her letter to the minister.
It may be recalled here that several deputations from the Tourism industry had met the CM in the last few months and had requested connectivity with ASEAN countries to tap the region’s tourism market.
In another communication to Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, Mehbooba has sought the continuation of assistance to the local poultry industry, extension of loan recovery period and waiving of interest in respect of unit holders to sustain their business, which suffered heavily due to the 2014 floods and the high cost of feed imported from neighbouring states.
A group of representatives of the Poultry Dealers Association had met the CM recently and requested her to take up their issues with the government of India.