AAI Team Inspects Facilities At Kargil Air Base16 December 2011
Kargil: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has said that it would soon start trail operation of 70 seater passenger aeroplane to this border district. A team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) led by its Director General, Mr Bharat Bushan assured the Minister for CA&PD Transport Mr Qamar Ali Akhoon during their visit to the mountainous district today. The AAI team is on a special visit to inspect the facilities at the local Air base for operating the passenger air services to Kargil which remains cut off from the rest of the country. The Director General AAI told the Minister that the Airport Authority is procuring 70 seater planes which are highly suitable for the areas like Kargil. He assured that the AAI, after conducting trail operations, would start regular service of these aeroplanes from Srinagar to Kargil and Jammu to Kargil. The Minister apprised the team about the geographical and topographical condition of Kargil which, he said, is surrounded by mountains and remains cut off from other parts of the country during winter months due to heavy snow fall. He said the people of Kargil, Drass and Zanskar are facing tremendous problems due to closure of Zojila pass and operation of air service to Kargil is very important for Kargilees especially in winter months. Commissioner Civil Aviation, Jammu and Kashmir Mr. S. Katoch, Director Airport Authority of India, Jammu, Mr. Suresh Kumar, Deputy Director AAI Mr. Lalit Gupta, MLC Syed Ahmad Razvi, Superintendent of Police Kargil Javid Iqbal Matoo, Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Kargil Mr. Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan, Executive Councillors Haji Ghulam Ameer and Punchak Teshi, representatives of various political parties and members of civil society attended the meeting. Mr Akhoon who is also MLA Kargil assured the Airport Authority all possible support from the people of Kargil for making the air service a success.