Slamming the J&K government over skyrocketing airfares and its "failure" to re-open the Srinagar-Jammu highway after the recent snowfall, former minister and senior National Conference legislator Mian Altaf Ahmad on Saturday asked the state authorities to "open Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route for convenience of people." Altaf, who represents Kangan constituency, said people in Kashmir are facing hardships due to skyrocketing airfares and closure of the highway. "People are suffering due to the closure of the road and airfares have skyrocketed which is adding to their miseries," he said.
Altaf said: "Air tickets from Delhi-Srinagar are being sold at Rs 90,000 per ticket and the government is not doing anything to address this issue," he said, adding: "This is causing huge inconvenience to people."
He said if the government is not able to curb airfares and open roads, it should open "roads leading to other side of the Line of Control."
Asserting that people, particularly students, are suffering badly due to the highway closure, he said: "If not for all times to come, the Muzaffarabad route should be opened when the main highway remains closed."
Earlier, Minister for Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali sought the intervention of the concerned authorities in Government of India to check the arbitrary hike in airfares.
After his earlier communication to him, Ali said he has again approached Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and expressed grave concern over the steep hike in airfares on Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Delhi, Srinagar-Mumbai and Jammu-Delhi sectors.
The Minister said he has requested Union Government to pass on directions to concerned airlines to keep the airfares reasonable on these sectors.