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SRINAGAR: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia today said that two new airport terminals shall be established in Jammu and Kashmir soon.He said this during an interaction programme with DDC, BDC members, PRIs and locals at Harwan block of Srinagar district.
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday discussed issues related to strengthening the aviation infrastructure in the Union Territory with Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia here.Scindia arrived here as part of the Centre’s special outreach programme for Jammu and Kashmir.The L-G met the Union minister at the Raj Bhavan here.“Today met Hon’ble Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia Ji @JM_Scindia at Raj Bhavan and discussed issues related to strengthening of aviation infrastructure in the Union Territory of J&K,” Sinha said on Twitter. The Union Aviation Minister told reporters that he has requested Sinha to consider reducing the VAT on aviation turbine fuel to one per cent which will help in attracting more airlines to Jammu and Kashmir.“It will be a boost for the tourism and development of Jammu and Kashmir as more flights will translate into more connectivity and more tourists, ” he said.Scindia said the Lieutenant Governor has also assured to transfer 122 acres of land needed for expansion of the Jammu airport to the Airport Authority of India by October 10.“On the same day, feasibility and design studies will be started,” he said. Scindia and Sinha also discussed ways of using helicopter services for promoting tourism in Jammu and Kashmir as it being done in states like Uttarakhand.On surging air ticket prices during the winter season, Scindia said he will have the alleged cartelisation investigated.“We will stop it if there is any cartelisation. Also, the best way to check this kind of practice is increasing the connectivity. We are taking steps in that direction,” he added.
As a major development, the Minister said that an airport terminal worth Rs. 1500 crore shall be established on 25 thousand square metres in Kashmir, while as another airport terminal worth Rs. 650 crore shall be established in Jammu on 22 thousand square metres land size. He said that since a special focus is being given on development of both air and road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, a major road network including highways, ring road, tunnels and other projects are being constructed across Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Minister said that the development of connectivity shall bring more tourists to J&K and promote local craft. He said that the promotion of tourism and crafts shall boost economic activity and prosperity of people of J&K.Scindia said that under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, an era of peace, progress and development has already started in Jammu and Kashmir and all the three regions including Ladakh have come on track to become number one in construction and development in the country.He said that among other major projects, work was going on in full swing on ring road worth Rs 3000 crore, while as 100 percent households are being supplied electricity now, made possible by current dispensation.The Minister said currently 82 percent population is connected and being supplied tap water, however, the government is committed to cover all households in near future.He said that the Modi led government was not only successful in curbing corruption in J&K but sectors including health, education and others have also flourished in the UT during these years.Present on the occasion, various DDC and BDC members, sarpanchs and other PRIs spoke on the occasion and raised their demands.The demands raised by the members included bridging developmental gap between urban and rural areas, construction of degree college and AYUSH Hospital in Harwan, development of area for rural tourism, better health and education facilities, deduction in power and water tariffs, loan waivers for drivers among others.DC Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Assad, SSP Srinagar, ADC Srinagar, officers from RDD among others were also present on the occasion.Talking to reporters, the minister said that international flight operations are likely to resume at the Srinagar airport as efforts are on to start services between here and Sharjah.The first international flight connection from Srinagar to Sharjah (in the United Arad Emirates) will be started soon. Efforts are on so that international travellers come directly to Srinagar. This will be a historic decision, not just for Jammu and Kashmir, but the whole country, he added.The minister said a new cargo terminal at the Srinagar airport, constructed at a cost of Rs 15 crore, will be made functional on October 1.On the issue of landing operations at the airport here, he said the civil aviation ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir administration will hold discussions with the defence ministry for the installation of CAT-II ILS system for overcoming flight cancellations due to bad weather.
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