Monday, June 29, 2020

No int'l flights for JK under VBM-IV

Kashmir has not got any international flights under the fourth phase of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ announced by the Government of India (GoI) on Sunday, while two domestic flights are scheduled for July 5 and 8.
As per the flight schedule issued today, no international flights have been reserved for the inhabitants of J&K stranded in and outside India following COVID-19 lockdown.
The first domestic flight, as per the 4th phase of VBM, would arrive in Srinagar from Delhi on July 5 and the second flight on July 8.
The third phase of the VBM started on June 3 and continues till July 15.
On Sunday, Indian national carrier, Air India published the evacuation flight schedule for Phase 4 of VBM. The airline will operate 170 repatriation flights to and from 17 countries.
As per the published schedule, the flights will operate 170 flights connecting India with Canada, US, UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Myanmar, Japan, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Kashmiris stranded in Dubai have expressed resentment over the failure of the authorities to add two more flights for J&K residents stranded in UAE.
Fiaz Gulzar, who is presently stranded in Dubai said scores of Kashmiris stuck in different places were struggling to reach their homes.
“Some are jobless and some even have medical emergencies. We appeal the higher authorities to evacuate us from here and provide us direct flight from Dubai to Srinagar,” he said.
29/06/20 Rising Kashmir
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