Airfares go through roof: SXR –DEL @ Rs 26k, DEL-DXP @ Rs 11k
16: Believe it or not, but it is true.
Flying to Dubai is cheaper than traveling to Srinagar from -New Delhi.
Thanks to the
National Highway closure, air fare has skyrocketed in Kashmir. For the next three days, one way air fare
from Srinagar to New Delhi ranges from Rs 11500 to 25300. It is over 200 per
cent higher than the normal airfare of Rs 4000-5000. One way air fare from New
Delhi to Dubai on Friday is Rs 10841.
trip is equally costlier. The air fare between Jammu and Srinagar has increased
by 500 per cent this week. An airfare from Srinagar to Jammu ranges between Rs
11500 to 15000.
Even after hike
in air fare, the flights operations from Srinagar airport has been hit due to
slippery conditions. Around 14 flights got cancelled on Thursday due to the
slippery condition of the runway.
“12 out of 26
flights operated today. The visibility was clear today but the runway was not
cleared. After Air Force cleared the runway, the flight operations resumed,”
said Santosh Dhoke, Director Airport Authority of India, Srinagar.
The hike in
airfare and repeated cancellation of flights is causing huge inconveniences to
the people. “My mother who suffers from Asthama needs to travel to New Delhi
for monthly follow-ups. We have been reaching airport every morning and the
flights are getting constantly cancelled,” said Sajad Ahmad, a resident of
On the other
side, vehicular traffic remained disrupted on Srinagar- Jammu National Highway
on Thursday. Only stranded vehicles were allowed at evening hours to cross the
landslide prone areas.
“The highway was
cleared today. Only few of the stranded vehicles were allowed to pass through
the Digdol, Monkey Stand and Panthal towards Jammu. Subject to the weather and
road conditions, only stranded vehicles will be allowed to move,” said an
official at Traffic Control Room Ramban.
As many as 5000 vehicles have remained
stranded on the highway for the last four days.
Department has forecasted scattered light rains and snow for next 24 hours in
Kashmir regions. A MeT official said that 1.0mm rains were recorded in Qazigund
on Thursday while Srinagar received rains which weren’t measurable. He said
Batote and Badarwah in Jammu division recorded 2.8mm and 11.9mm rains