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JCCI discusses chaotic situation due to highways closure
2/11/2019 11:00:54 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 11: In an urgent meeting convened at Chamber house today Rakesh Gupta, President JCCI and Nasir Hamid Khan Sr. Vice President KCCI discussed the chaotic situation prevailing because of the continuous closure of J&K Highways for the past few days. In the Joint Statement they said that this has adversely affected the population causing widespread disruptions in schedules and thrown normal life out of gear. The supply of essential commodities including medicines has also been adversely affected.
Our tourism sector has suffered heavy losses. With trucks stranded for weeks on the highway, transportation of goods and supplies to and from the Valley has also become a problem. Stranded passengers in Delhi, Jammu & Srinagar are left with no alternative but to pay exorbitant rates for air travel to get back home. Although the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry had, among other suggestions, requested Governor Satya Pal Malik, to intervene and arrange additional flights and sorties, the Government has so far been unable to control the predatory pricing policy. The airlines while operating additional flights have been ruthless with regard to the airfare and luggage charges. Other policies like cancellation charges and guidelines for making available flights next day in case of cancellation of flights due to bad weather also needs to be overhauled.
The faith shown by the Government by agreeing to no regulation of airfares has been sufficiently abused.
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