Think about the commoners
As the Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been giving passengers a tough time and air travel getting out of the reach of even the upper class, the clamor for having an airlines services for Jammu and Srinagar seems to be the need of the hour.
Technically speaking the highway has remained closed for most of the days in January and the same behavior of the highway continued in the earlier months as well. This meant that the only mode of travel that the people in the twin cities could rely on is the air travel.
However, the skyrocketing airfares that are being witnessed by passengers travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar-Delhi circuit is not only creating troubles for the common man but tourists too will start ignoring destinations like Kashmir.
The exorbitant air fare has been a concern among the people and the tourism players alike as various moves were initiated by the state governments in the past to control the rising air fares. But all this proved to be hoax as the private airlines have been operation here on the conditions set by them with they giving least attention to the concerns and reservations expressed by the people here.
Though various proposals have been discussed and even made public over the years but when it comes to execution of these proposals the governments have failed miserably. One fails to understand that what are the reservations that the governments face while announcing and later operating such a service that can prove to benefit a common man.
After all the passenger who get stranded in the twin cities due to road closure cannot continue to suffer the ordeal every year.
Presently, the tourism sector is bearing the brunt of exorbitant airfares, wherein a ticket in the Srinagar-Delhi sector costs around Rs 10,000 on an average and the fares touch the sky when the Srinagar-Jammu highway—the only surface link of Kashmir with rest of the world—gets closed.
The increased air fares also hit the students and frequent traveler who have to put themselves at risk by opting to travel by the undependable Jammu-Srinagar road link. Students who number in thousands study in various colleges and Universities across India, but they too find it hard to travel back to their homes during vacations as the airfare is so high that they cannot even think of availing the services.
Though this year the colleges and schools were closed due to the pandemic but still a large number of students had to visit their colleges and universities as various exams and other formalities were to be attended by them.
Similarly, people who tend to visit various Indian states for seeking medical treatment also face lot of difficulties while availing the air travel as the private airlines have resorted to all unfair means to harass the travelers.
In such a scenario the government intervention is of utmost importance as the government alone can provide a relief for the common man by arranging for an affordable air service that can come to everybody’s rescue.