KCCI urges govt to consider declaring air travel as an ‘essential service’

KCCI urges govt to consider declaring air travel as an ‘essential service’
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SRINAGAR: Lauding the efforts put in by the administration for ensuring minimum disruption of normal life due to snowfall, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Monday said that the administration appeared to be fully geared up on all fronts and not only VIP areas but all nooks and corners, lanes and bye-lanes were cleared of snow and supplied regular electricity.
“KCCI on behalf of the business community would put on record its appreciation of the efforts put in by Basheer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Hasmat Yousuf Qazi, Chief Engineer (EM& RE) and other officers of various departments who worked tirelessly to provide essential facilities/services to the public,” President, KCCI, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad was quoted as a saying in statement issued here.
Drawing government attention towards the repeated closure of the National Highway and “exploitation” of consumers by airlines, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmed urged that being the only form of travel available during winter months, “the government should consider declaring air travel as an essential service and bring it under the relevant act to cap airfares”, adding that the Issue needed to be urgently checked, the statement read.
“The highway has been a major problem for the commuters throughout and the administration is requested to make harder efforts to evacuate stranded passengers and travellers and also ensure that those stranded are well provided for,” it added.