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RAJOURI: The first flight of Chopper carrying passengers landed on Wednesday marking the start of much awaited air service between Jammu and this border town.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali flagged in the chopper carrying five passengers here at Sports Stadium in presence of large number of civil society members, local legislators and senior functionaries of district administration. Describing it as a historical moment for them, the minister congratulated the people for fulfillment of this demand after a long wait.
Present on the occasion were MLA Rajouri Advocate Qammar Chowdhary, MLC Vibodh Gupta, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, ADC A.S. Chib, ACR Abdul Qayoom Mir, SSP Yougal Manhas and officers of district administration.
While interacting with media persons and public, he said the inter-regional connectivity through air, road and railways being key to development, has been accorded top priority by the present dispensation.
“With this objective air service to far off regions of State like Kishtwar, Paddar, Gurez, Rajouri and Poonch has been started by the state government” he added.
He also informed that to further strengthen the connectivity to twin border districts of Rajouri-Poonch, the State Government has been constantly pursing the proposal for Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch railways project with the Central Government.
Earlier, Dr. Shahid Iqbal, the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri deliberated upon the importance of air service during medical emergencies and ceasefire violations as also for the promotion of Rajouri on State’s tourism map. He also informed that the district administration would soon identify land for construction of helipad in the district.
POONCH: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq on Wednesday flagged off the much awaited Jammu-Poonch Helicopter Service fulfilling the long pending demand of the area.
The helicopter service will connect the people of the area with rest of the State especially during adverse weather conditions besides giving flip to the tourism in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
The first flight that was flagged off on Wednesday from DPL Poonch carried five passengers from Poonch to Jammu.
MLA Haveli (Poonch) Shah Mohammad Tantray, MLC Pradeep Sharma, DC Poonch Tariq Ahmad Zargar, SSP Poonch Rajiv Panday, ADC Basharat Hussain, ACR Ashraf Chaudhary and other senior officers and senior citizens of the district were present.
The residents of Poonch have been suffering owing to connectivity issues in past. Being far away from the winter capital Jammu, the people especially patients had to face many hardships. The helicopter service has come as a major relief for the people.
Speaking on the occasion, minister said with the start of the helicopter, the long pending demand of the people has been fulfilled by the personal efforts of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The minister later visited District Court Complex Poonch and interacted with the lawyers and judicial staff. Lawyers on the occasion raised various issues with regard to the development of infrastructure in the Court including additional rooms, lawyers’ chambers, library and furniture.
They also appealed for establishment of Consumer Court and District Sessions Court in the district. Minister assured the lawyers that infrastructure will be developed with limited available resources.
He also appealed the lawyers and judicial staff to work tirelessly to ensure justice is delivered to the aggrieved persons. He assured full cooperation to the lawyers.
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