Rising Kashmir NewsJammu:
Government on Wednesday started chopper service to the hilly districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
According to an official spokesman, Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice flagged off the Jammu-Poonch Helicopter Service fulfilling the long pending demand of the area.
The Helicopter Service will connect the people of the area with rest of the state especially during adverse weather conditions besides giving flip to the tourism in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the official said.
The first flight that was flagged off today from DPL Poonch carried five passengers from Poonch to Jammu, he added.
The official said that the residents of Poonch have been suffering owing to connectivity issues in past. “Being far away from the winter capital Jammu, the people especially patients had to face many hardships. The helicopter service has come as a major relief for the people.”
Speaking on the occasion, Haq Khan said with the start of the helicopter, the long pending demand of the people have been fulfilled.
Khan said the current dispensation is committed to develop Poonch district on modern lines and increase job avenues in the district by giving flip to the tourism sector in the district.
He said former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed took revolutionary steps within a short span of time for the development of twin districts Poonch and Rajouria which include the opening of Poonch-Chakkan-da-Bagh road for cross border trade, opening of a university in Rajouri, connect the twin districts with Kashmir through Mughal road and other developmental projects. “These historical initiatives became the bedrock for the development of these hitherto neglected districts.”
He said the helicopter service will act as another milestone for boosting the tourism of the district and will boost the economy of the area thereby helping to boost the economy.
Meanwhile, the first flight of Chopper carrying passengers landed here in Rajouri marking the start of much awaited air service between Jammu and this border town.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information ChowdharyZulfkar Ali flagged in the chopper carrying 5 passengers here at Sports Stadium in presence of large number of civil society members, local legislators and senior functionaries of district administration, the official said.
Describing it as a historical moment for them, the Minister congratulated the people for fulfillment of this demand after a long wait.
While interacting with media persons and public, he said the inter-regional connectivity through air, road and railways being key to development, has been accorded top priority by the present dispensation. “With this objective air service to far off regions of state like Kishtwar, Paddar, Gurez, Rajouri and Poonch has been started by the state government” he added.
He also informed that to further strengthen the connectivity to twin border districts of Rajouri-Poonch, the state government has been constantly pursing the proposal for Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch railways project with the central government.
He exhorted upon the district administration to give wide publicity to scheduled dates and time of flights and ensure that it is strictly adhered to avoid any inconvenience to the passengers.
Earlier, Dr. Shahid Iqbal, the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri deliberated upon the importance of air service during medical emergencies and ceasefire violations as also for the promotion of Rajouri on state’s tourism map, the official said.