New Delhi, 11 Jan 2019; The Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Leh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal along with Phunchok Stanzin Executive Councillor (Agri) today called on Jayant Sinha Minister of State for Civil Aviation GoI at New Delhi and raised issues of expensive airfare and limited air transport facilities to the people of Ladakh region strongly. He urged Jayant Sinha about the dire need to act on the long pending demand of subsidized tariff, capping of the airfare or framing flat flight rate for the Ladakhi people and the government employees working in the Ladakh region and requested him to work out an arrangement whereby the bonafide local residents of Ladakh could be benefited.
CEC JTN also aware minister about the geographical, climatic and economic conditions of Ladakh due to which Ladakhi people are entirely dependent on air travel for connectivity with the rest of India in winter months. He said that 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 section of society such as patients, students, pilgrims and others to visit other parts for the country.
"Many Ladakhis from both Leh and Kargil have highlighted the issue on social media and mention that travelling abroad is much cheaper than to travel to Leh to and fro. In the light of the above facts, it is obvious that a sense of alienation among the common people of this part of the country, when faced with such adversaries is certain to spring up", CEC JTN added.
CEC also apprised the Minister for Civil Aviation about Nubra valley which is being visited by about two lacs tourists every year in summer months and most importantly inhabitants are facing difficulty in absence of air service facility in the Nubra valley and requested for inclusion of Thoise Nubra in UDHAN and opening of Thoise Nubra for schedule commercial airlines. He also requested minister for inclusion of Mudh Air field in eastern Ladakh in UDHAN. MoS Jayant Sinha assured CEC for inclusion of these areas under UDHAN. CEC Leh also requested the Minister to made functional of announced UDHAN for Kargil and sought his personal intervention for exepnsion of Kargil Airport. He also requested for Constion of Airport at Ufti Thang in Zanskar Sub Division in Kargil District as is a very genuine and long pending demand.
CEC JTN also urged the Minister for early starting of works as well as speedy completion of upcoming Airport Terminal, at Leh and on the request of CEC Leh the Minister has decided to send the concerned contractor to Leh within a week to start the works without delaying much.
CEC also brought to the notice of minister regarding Pawan Hans discontinued service during the winter months in Ladakh region, when in fact during these months the services are generally required. He urged minister for his intervention in immediate resumption of Pawan Hans Helicopter services in Ladakh region.