Efforts to start helicopter services in remote JK areas: CM

Most of the hilly areas like Warwan, Marwah, Dachhan, Paddar, Chatroo, Karnah, Keran, Gurez and Zanskar remained cut off during winters and are accessible with great difficulty in summer.

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2011, 20:52 PM IST

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government is
actively working with the Centre to launch helicopter services
for remote and cut-off areas in the state, Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah said on Tuesday.

"We are actively working with the Centre for the launch of
helicopter services for remote mountainous areas of J-K", he
said at a review meeting of Kishtwar District Board in Jammu.

"I have discussed the plan with Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram during his recent visit to Kishtwar and underlined
the need for such a service in a hilly state like Jammu and
Kashmir," he said.

He expressed the hope that the Centre would positively
respond to the state`s proposal.

The Chief Minister said most of the hilly areas like
Warwan, Marwah, Dachhan, Paddar, Chatroo, Karnah, Keran, Gurez
and Zanskar remained cut off during winters and are accessible
with great difficulty in summer.

As such, helicopter service for these and other similar
areas is needed, he said.

The state government has formulated a comprehensive
proposal for the purpose which would be extensively persuaded
for the Centre`s approval, the Chief Minister told legislators
from Kishtwar district who raised this issue at the meeting.

PTI