Srinagar: With regard to services of airlines as well as services rendered by the Airports Authority of India, a delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) headed by its president, Javid Ahmad Tenga held a meeting with Civil Aviation Minister, government of India, Jayant Sinha regarding various issues faced by traders and people of J&K.
Tenga apprised the minister regarding the “injustice being meted out to local entrepreneurs” in the case of allotment of food outlets and other shops at Srinagar international airport, an official statement issued here read.
Tenga alleged that the tenders floated as well as allotted were tailor-made and that “at the eligibility stage itself the local entrepreneurs were excluded” by specifying: One, that the qualification for tendering as a concessioner were made deliberately difficult that no local entrepreneur could be able to participate in the absence of having a minimum annual turnover of rupees six crore and fifty lacs. Two, the concessioner must have two international and one national brand.
The minister gave on the spot instructions to officials of the Airports Authority of India to settle the issue as soon as possible amicably with the stakeholders (i.e., shopkeepers at Srinagar International Airport and KCCI), the statement read.
With regard to international and chartered flights as well as international cargo, the minister assured appropriate action with the help of state government to make it a reality.
The issue of airfare during tourist season which results in not only exorbitant rates but also affecting the students and poor patients travelling to other parts of India was also highlighted in the meeting.
The KCCI suggested creating a composite fund by the JKTDC to book tickets in bulk before the tourist season which was considered by the minister. While it was suggested that the state government should be apprised and that government of India would also provide necessary support in making the fund possible.