Airlines Overcharging on Ladakh Sector: PDP

SRINAGAR: Calling upon the union government to intervene in the over charging of airfare on flights to and from Leh the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today asked the district Unit of Ladakh to suspend their dharna for a few days to give the government time to take action on their demands.

According to the Chief Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, the local PDP Unit on Thursday took out a procession in support of the demand of the people of the region to control airfare to the Leh which remains cutoff for nearly six months.  They also presented a memorandum to the Chairman Airport Authority of India through Aiport terminal Manager Leh.

Akhtar said that the airfare of Leh have become unbearable and is atrociously high  for a commoner who is facing harsh conditions in this area. Due to heavy snow fall the road connectivity of  the Ladakh region  remains totally cut off  for about six months from the rest of the country and the people of the area perticulalry patients, students  and prilgrims  depend only  on the airtraffic  which has become   difficult for them due to the high fares .

The spokesperson said that the fare from New Delhi to London is  eqvivalent to the fare of Delhi to Leh  and it is ironical that the central and state government has not taken any initiative  in this regard to bring some kind relief for the people of this hilly and remote area. The parties representing the region in the state assembly and in parliament, Congress and National Conference, too have failed to project the problems faced by Ladakh region and are concerned only with the votes of people there, Akhtar said.

The demonstration was led by district president Tashi Gyalson who along with his supporters later sat on dharna which was suspended to day on the advice of the  party president Mehbooba Mufti. The PDP was also seeking attention towards the  lack of modern amenities at Leh airport.

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