1000 Army men, families are still waiting for help

RSTV Bureau

kashmir_floodsOver 1000 Army personnel and their families are stranded in various camps in Kashmir without food and water even as Army personnel work on a war footing to evacuate civilians from their marooned homes.

“Many camps of Army located in South Kashmir and Srinagar have been flooded and over 1000 Army personnel and their families are stranded without food and water”, an Army officer said.

There are over 20 small and big army camps located in Central and South Kashmir belts, which are affected due to floods.

In yet another direction to help passengers trapped in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, DGCA
On Wednesday asked all airlines to cap the fares on Srinagar-Delhi and Leh-Delhi sectors to Rs 2,800 and Rs 3,000.

If an air traveller is cash-strapped due to the precarious situation prevailing in Srinagar and elsewhere in the state, the DGCA has asked the air carriers to collect fares only after they reached Delhi.

The airlines have also been asked to mount additional flights to clear the rush of outbound tourists from Srinagar.

In letters to various airlines flying to and from Srinagar, DGCA’s Joint Director General Lalit Gupta, “All
Airlines must ensure that they not charge the prevalent airfare and instead charge only fixed airfare, which in any case should not exceed Rs 2800 (all inclusive) on Srinagar- Delhi sector till the flash flood situation prevails.”

Similar was the letter sent to those flying to Leh, where the all-inclusive fare was to be Rs 3,000. There are about 350 passengers who were stranded at Leh.

DGCA had earlier directed all airlines not to charge anything extra from passengers from Srinagar and Jammu if they rescheduled or cancelled their bookings. They were also asked not to levy any cancellation fee.

Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo and other carriers today said they had made arrangements to extend the waiver for refund or reissue of tickets as per the DGCA directive.