LEH: Chief Executive Councilor (CEC), LAHDC, Leh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal on Friday raised the issue of expensive airfare and limited air transport facilities to the people of Ladakh region.
In this regard, Nmagyal met Minister of State, Government of India, Jitendra Singh at New Delhi.
He said that due to unique geographical, climate and economic conditions of Ladakh, “currently, air travel is the only mode of transport available to this region”, an official handout read.
CEC said, “Travelling by air is not a luxury but a compulsion for Ladakhis due to the closure of two vital highways for six to seven months in winter which virtually makes it impossible for the section of society such as patients, students, pilgrims and others to visit other parts for the country,” adding that travelling abroad was cheaper than travelling to Leh by air.
CEC requested Singh to look into the long pending demand of subsidised tariff, capping of the airfare or framing flat flight rate for the local people and the government employees working in the Ladakh region.
Responding to the demands of CEC, Jitendra Singh wrote a letter to Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha mentioning all the genuine reasons for the demand of subsidised tariff flight rate for Ladakhi people. He called on the ministry of civil aviation to work out an arrangement whereby the bonafide local residents of Ladakh could be benefitted, it added.