Senior Congress leader, Professor Saif-ud-din Soz Friday took exception to CRPF raising objections in respect of Night Flights to and fro Srinagar Airport.In a statement issued to KNS, Soz said, “My information is that the Defense Ministry has approved the proposition after a long period of discussions.”He said that he had also raised this problem several times with Ministries of Aviation and Defense. “Now, after all the stakeholders have accepted night flights, the objection raised by CRPF is untenable and unnecessary,” he said.He said that he knows from his personal experience that many times, bureaucrats raise useless objections. “I will cite just one example of how things work in Delhi.
It took me full two years to convince the Ministry of Defense, some years ago, to install S.L.S. (Satellite Landing System) at Srinagar Airport. It could have been done much earlier even before I had raised this problem,” he said.He said that if some people have a perception that the Airport at Srinagar is a Defense Airport, they must correct their perception and realize that the Airport is essentially meant for the people of J&K State. “Yes, Defense will always carry importance, but it should never mean simultaneous neglect of the people,” he said.“So, the Defense and Aviation Ministries should go ahead for starting night flights at Srinagar Airport, as early as possible. This facility should also be available at Jammu Airport,” Soz added. (KNS)