Thursday, October 20, 2016

With no flight in last 4 years to Shimla, HP CM Virbhadra Singh asks PM Modi for help

It has been four years that Shimla has seen a flight landing at Jubbar Hatti airport. Even the intervention of High Court and Supreme Court too has failed to restored the air connectivity to the tourist town all these years. Seeing that air connectivity becoming a far cry, now Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Since September 2012 when Kingfisher stopped its services, Shimla has been deprived of air connectivity. Missing flights has also turned the Jubbar Hatti airport a white elephant. Initially, Himachal Pradesh High Court directed the authorities concerned to restore the air connectivity to state capital but later matter reached Supreme Court where Air India has informed that it is not having ATR-42 planes to provide air connectivity to Shimla.

Apex court had stated that Air India is under obligation to have connectivity with each and every state capital. On the issue of providing air connectivity to Shimla, Supreme Court on May 13 this year had reserved its judgment.

Stating that Shimla is one of the very few state capitals without air connectivity, Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday has submitted a memorandum to Modi at Mandi.

He has requested Modi to direct the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and other concerned organizations to ensure resumption of commercial flights to and from Shimla airport.
20/10/16 Anand Bodh/The Times Of India