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Srinagar: The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Tuesday welcomed the Governor Satya Pal Malik’s concern and subsequent action taken by his advisor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai over the exploitation of air-passengers for the Srinagar sector.

In a statement, the senior vice president of the chamber Nasir Hamid Khan stated that the KCCI had been raising this critical issue since long and had also given several suggestions to the government in this regard and they hope that effective action would now be taken.

“With the road link to Kashmir being out of commission for most of the winter months, the only alternative mode of transport for the entire population had become a cash cow for vested interests,” he said. “This was not only a tourism issue but was a grave public interest issue in which a majority of the population was being exploited and held hostage.”

The consequences were serious for patients and their families who have to pay more for air travel than the cost of the medical treatment. Student and their families suffered equally.

While the KCCI appreciates the warning issued by the governor’s administration, more stringent measures are required to effectively tackle the menace.

Besides a number of other suggestions, the KCCI has demanded an enquiry into the alleged black marketing of tickets and identification of the persons and organisations “benefiting from the exploitation”.