Stranded Tourists Airlifted To Jammu
25 February 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday came to the rescue of 396 foreign and domestic tourists, airlifting them from the Kashmir Valley after avalanches and landslides shut down the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Many of the airlifted tourists flew out of the Valley to Jammu in IAF planes. 'Anyone in distress having run out of money or having to appear in important examinations back home, can contact my office in Srinagar for a free airlift to Jammu,' Srinagar deputy commissioner Shailendra Kumar said. The state tourism has shifted all tourists from the avalanche-prone resorts in Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam because of the threat of blizzards in the upper reaches of the Valley. Forty-two foreigners have also been shifted out.