LG Manoj Sinha hails civil aviation ministry for promoting chopper services in J&K
Srinagar/UNI: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday commended the work of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for promoting Heli services as a means of public transport for both passengers and cargo to boost last-mile connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Various scenic destinations in Jammu and Kashmir are witnessing year-round tourist influx and have the potential to boost the Heli tourism market in the UT. We are committed to facilitating and helping in the growth of Heli operations. I invite industry captains to be partners in this transformational journey," the Lt Governor said at a gathering.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ensured Nav-Nirman of Jammu and Kashmir with robust infrastructure, road connectivity to all villages, housing, rural electrification and full utilization of natural and human resources to meet the demands of modern society.
Gati Shakti-National Master Plan is paving the way for coordinated implementation of infrastructure schemes like Bharatmala, Sagarmala and UDAN, he added.
Highlighting the reforms introduced by the Prime Minister, the Lt Governor said, “Country's aviation sector has witnessed an unprecedented growth in passenger traffic and a corresponding increase in the number of flight routes, aircraft and enhanced regional air connectivity to fulfil the aspirations of the common man by following the vision of Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik."
In a short span of time, 65 airports, 8 heliports and two water aerodromes were made operational in tier-2 and tier-3 cities under the guidance of the Prime Minister. Soon, India will cross over into the top 10 air freight markets in the near future, he added.
Sinha reiterated government’s commitment to improving connectivity, particularly in remote and far-flung areas and providing affordable transportation to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Rs. one lakh crore is being spent on road and tunnel infrastructure, which are opening up new vistas of socio-economic growth for J&K," he added.
"Significant decisions like the reduction of VAT on ATF from 26.5% to 1% and abolishing the load penalty at Jammu airport have revived J&K's Civil aviation sector.
"Today, Srinagar airport is setting a new record in terms of a number of flights per day. Within a year, from 20-25 daily flights, today 80 to 100 flights are operating at Srinagar airport every day," the Lt Governor said.