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Thousands of Umrah pilgrims still stranded at IGI Airport Delhi

Arrange additional flights: JKAHUS to private airlines

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani





Srinagar, Feb 8: Jammu and Kashmir Association of Haj and Umrah Services (JKAHUS) on Friday asked the private airlines to arrange additional flights for the Umrah pilgrims, stranded at Delhi airport for the last three days.

Staging protest at Press Enclave, its members said that no effort is being made by them to bring the pilgrims to Srinagar.

“We have been asking the airlines to look into the issue, bring the pilgrims as soon as air traffic resumes but their response is not satisfactory,”said senior vice president, Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat.


They said that they have been themselves managing the food and accommodation of the pilgrims. “We are managing all the facilities. The airlines have left them to God’s mercy. They are not listening a word neither from us nor from them, “said a travel operator, Bashir Ahmad.

“How long can we bear the expenses of almost 750 pilgrims. It is expensive to meet their needs. The airlines should arrange additional flights at an earliest, “he said.

Expressing concern over the stance taken by the private airlines, they said that they have been earning huge money from them.

“They are telling them to take the money back, arrange alternative of their own. We mainly send the pilgrims through private airlines. We have been providing, business worth crores to them. It is their responsibility to take care of the pilgrims, they should not get away from their responsibilities,”said another travel operator, Shabir Mir.

With cancellation of flights due to snowfall on Thursday, thousands of Kashmiri pilgrims who returned from Umrah from Saudi Arab are stranded at the IGI Airport in New Delhi.

Mohammad Amin Wani, one of the stranded Umrah pilgrims, told over phone that they are still stranded at the airport terminal after arriving from Jeddah airport yesterday.

“However, today we are stranded and struggling to reach home. Authorities at the airport and Air India operator have made our life plightful here. We appeal to the state government to fly us to Srinagar airport,” he said.

He said the number of Umrah pilgrims stranded at the airport has reached in thousands as more flights arrived since yesterday.

“Old aged persons, children and women are among the stranded passengers since 6 am at Gate no 29A, 29B, 30A and 30B. Air India has not provided us any refreshment since morning,” he said, adding the authorities should intervene to provide travel arrangements for them today.


180 stranded pilgrims airlifted to Srinagar: Govt

JAMMU, FEB 08: State Government is making all efforts in facilitating the passengers stuck at various places due to closure of National Highway as well as cancellation of flights. The current spell of snow, rain and inclement weather in the state has also disrupted road as well as air services resulting in people getting stranded at various locations.

Similarly, hundreds of Kashmiri pilgrims after performing Umrah at Saudi Arabia reached New Delhi but could not travel further because of cancellation of flights to Srinagar.

Taking cognizance of the matter, Governor Satya Pal Malik directed the administration for making alternate travel arrangements for all such people stranded at Srinagar and Delhi.

Acting on the Governor’s directions, the State government immediately requested Union Defence Ministry to help in this regard after which 179 students were flown to Jammu through a special aircraft provided by Air Force authorities for appearing in GATE.

Similarly, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry was requested seeking their help in taking stranded pilgrims back to Srinagar who had missed their flights because of non-operation of flights to valley.

On the request made by the state government, 180 passengers have been flown back in Air India Flight 2827 landed at Srinagar Airport later in the day and the remaining passengers are scheduled to fly back to Srinagar on Saturday. All necessary arrangements including their stay in New Delhi has also been made by Air India.

The team of Resident Commissioner New Delhi is in constant touch with these people ensuring all possible help to them.

Since the matter came into the notice of the government, Advisor’s to Governor’s and Chief Secretary are continuously monitoring the steps taken in this regard and are being regularly informed of the progress in this regard.

They said that everything would be done to provide every kind of support to the people of the state stuck at Srinagar and in New Delhi because of the inclement weather.



J&K Bank lowers interest rate on loans

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Dec 10: J&K Bank has lowered its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by 0.10 percent for various tenors. The move is in line with the regulators directions to pass on the benefit of reducing cost of funds to the borrowers.

The bank after reviewing the MCLR for different tenors lowered its benchmark one-year MCLR to 8.45 pc from 8.55 pc effective from December 10, 2019.

The marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) is the minimum interest rate that a bank can lend at and is a tenor-linked internal benchmark.


The Reserve Bank of India introduced the MCLR methodology for fixing interest rates from 1 April 2016. It replaced the base rate structure, which had been in place since July 2010.

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154 snow clearance machines stationed across Kashmir: Div Comm

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Dec 09: In view of inclement weather, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review arrangements made by the Line Departments.

The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Directors of Food, Education & Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineers of PDD, PHE R&B and PMGSY, Commissioner SMC, Principal GMC, GM JKSRTC, SSP Traffic, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Joint Director Fire & Emergency, Staff Officer to IGP, SP (Headquarter), Deputy Directors of Health & MET, Superintending Engineers of MED & PDD, SP Traffic (Rural), Executive Engineers of MED, NHAI & BEACON, Senior officers of SKIMS, Project Head RAMKY and other concerned officers of Line Departments were present in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners of nine districts of the Kashmir division participated the meeting through video conferencing.

The Divisional Commissioner sought detailed feedback from Deputy Commissioners and officials of concerned Departments regarding stock position of essentials including food grains, LPG, Petrol, Kerosene oil. He also sought present status of electricity & water supply, buffer stock of power transformers, additional water tankers, deployment of snow clearance machines, functioning of Control Rooms of Line Department & Disaster Relief Centers and SDRF, besides heating arrangements in Hospitals, Medical supplies, presence of doctors and paramedic staff in health institutions.


The meeting also discussed present status of National Highway, Mughal Road & Srinagar-Leh Road, besides helicopter services and winter dumping of essentials in far-flung areas.

Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) informed the meeting that 154 snow clearance machines were already distributed among the districts.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) to gear up their men and machinery. He also directed them to position adequate number of snow clearance machines at various locations.

BEACON AND RAMKY was asked to ensure the timely deployment of men and machines on the Airport and National Highway for snow clearance. The concerned departments were asked to send location-wise details of snow clearance machines to the respective Deputy Commissioners immediately.

SMC Commissioner was directed to frame duty roaster for all Muncipal wards of the city indicating deployment of staff as well as machinery. He was asked to ensure that all measures are put in place to clear snow from lanes and bye-lanes besides deploying de-watering pumps in the low lying areas.

The Divisional Commissioner warned that no laxity in snow clearance operations will be tolerated and any delinquency in this regard will be stringently dealt with.

In order to avoid unscheduled power cuts, The Div Comm directed PDD to adhere to the power scheduled in letter and spirit besides ensuring to enhance the buffer stock of additional transformers at each district.

Chief Engineer PHE will ensure hassle free water supply to the public while augmenting water tanker service.

The Health authorities were asked to ensure adequate heating arrangements, while ensuring sufficient availability of medicines during the winter in all the health intuitions of Kashmir division.

Director Food was directed to ensure availability of kerosene oil to all districts as per schedule.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to conduct surprise inspection of control rooms of concerned departments and ensure their round the clock functioning so that people get real time information about essential services. He directed the concerned DCs to ensure wide-publicity of contact numbers of Control Rooms though print and electronic media.

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Dulloo reviews progress on utility works of AIIMS Jammu, Srinagar

Monitor News Bureau



Jammu, Dec 9: Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo today chaired a meeting to review the progress on various utility works going on at the AIIMS institutes in Jammu and Srinagar.

The meeting discussed the land acquisition issues, construction of approach road, provision of water supply, electricity, construction of boundary wall and other related aspects of the project.

The FC enjoined upon the officers to work in tandem and close coordination to complete the utility and other construction works at both the places in a time bound manner.


The meeting was attended by various officials from Central Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering Department, Power Development Department, Public Works Department, Revenue Department, Director (Coordination), New Medical Colleges Jammu.

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