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Marwah people allege loot in chopper tickets
Kishtwar chopper ticket fiasco
2/11/2019 11:18:02 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik

Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 11: The stranded people from Marwah, Warwan and Dachhan areas of Kishtwar District today demanded extra choppers for ferrying the stranded passengers as well as for shifting the patients and other needy people back to Kishtwar. The people said that the District Administration which is the nodal agency for supervising the subsidized helicopter service on Kishtwar-Sounder-Nawapachi-Inshan axis is charging extra fare from the poor passengers who had no other option since the area is cut off from the rest of state due to heavy snowfall.
Speaking to "Early Times", political and social activist Ghulam Rasool Magrey said that the government of J&K, civil aviation department vide order No. CAW (Estt) 28/2009 (II)/2089-90 Dated 9-11-2017 has fixed Rs. 1000, Rs. 1500 & Rs. 2000/ passenger for Sounder (Dachhan), Nawapachi (Marwah and Inshan (Warwan) as a part of the agreement between the Government of India through Ministry of Home Affairs, but instead of sticking to the basic rent fixed by the civil aviation department, the District Administration is charging Rs. 2600 to Rs. 3000 for Marwah, Rs. 3000-3500 for Warwan & Rs. 1800-2200 which according to him is open loot.
"People of Marwah are poor, they don't have any resources, instead of helping them, the DC Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana issued the dictates for charging extra fare from the people" said G R Magrey and called upon the Governor to inquire into the matter.
When contacted ADC Kishtwar Pawan Kumar Parihar who is the nodal officer to supervise the air service to these far flung areas said that the ticket price depends on the availability of the passengers on Jammu-Kishtwar axis adding that if the chopper sortie from Jammu to Kishtwar was full, then the normal fare was charged from the passengers and in case the chopper reaches Kishtwar empty, the cost of the same was charged among the passengers accordingly.
He said that they had submitted a comprehensive proposal for extending the services to Padder and Machail added that in April, the contract will be revised as per the aspirations of the people.
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