Member of Parliament and J-K Pradesh Congress Committee chide Saif-ud-Din Soz on Monday said the repairs of the Srinagar airport will not be undertaken from September 1, 2010, which would have led to closure of the airport for 15 days.
“There is no question of closing the Airport at Srinagar till alternative arrangement is available,” said Soz, who has taken up the closure issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union aviation minister.
“I met Prime Minister today and made strong plea before him for his intervention to get the repairs of the runway at Srinagar Airport postponed,” said Soz.
The Indian Air Force, which owns the Srinagar airport’s airstrip, was planning to shutdown the airport from September 1 to 15th to start long pending repair work on the runway.
The decision to close the airport evoked sharp criticism from people since the festival of Eid would fall on Spetmeber 10th.
“Several days before and after Eid thousands of Kashmiris would like to travel to Kashmir and get back to their place of work and, therefore, the Airport can’t be closed,” said Soz in a statement.
Soz said he explained to the Prime Minister that unless an alternative Airport at Awantipora was thrown open to Air Traffic, the repairs should not be undertaken.
“I talked to the Civil Aviation Minister and requested him earnestly to get the repairs stopped till alternative Airport at Awantipora was available during the days of repair,” said Soz.