Thursday, August 13, 2020

Kuwait-Trichy left out again from Vande mission

Trichy: Despite repeated appeals to operate rescue flights under Vande Bharat Mission to Trichy from Kuwait, the city has been left out again from the list of flights released by the ministry of external affairs on Wednesday. Thousands of Tamils stranded in Kuwait, particularly those hailing from the central region, have been eagerly awaiting a flight only to be disappointed again.
The central government had begun its rescue operation of Indians stranded in other countries from May 7. Thousands were brought back including to Tamil Nadu. Trichy international airport alone had so far handled 115 services bringing 19,146 Tamils from several countries. However, no flights from Kuwait were operated so far under the mission.
According to the list issued by the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, both Air India Express and IndiGo Air will operate 12 services to Chennai, Delhi, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Hyderabad from Kuwait.

A senior officer in IndiGo Air told TOI that they were operating flights according to the schedule issued by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) . “Had they included Trichy, there would have been no issues to provide our service to Trichy”, he said. A functionary from a federation of tourism in Trichy said the associations functioning from Kuwait for Tamils were not applying enough pressure either on the Indian embassy or the government of Tamil Nadu in thie regard.
13/08/20 D Vincent Arockiaraj/Times of India
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