Jammu, Sep 13: The chopper service today started in twin bordering Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice flagged off the much awaited Jammu-Poonch Helicopter Service in Poonch.
The Helicopter Service will connect the people of the area with rest of the state especially during adverse weather conditions besides giving flip to the tourism in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
The first flight that was flagged off today from DPL Poonch carried five passengers from Poonch to Jammu.
The residents of Poonch have been suffering owing to connectivity issues in the past. Being far away from the winter capital Jammu, the people especially patients had to face many hardships.
Speaking on the occasion, minister said with the start of the helicopter, the long pending demand of the people have been fulfilled by the personal efforts of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
He said the helicopter service will act as another milestone for boosting the tourism of the district and will boost the economy of the area thereby helping to boost the economy.
Meanwhile the first flight of Chopper carrying passengers also landed today in Rajouri marking the start of much awaited air service between Jammu and this border town.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali flagged in the chopper carrying five passengers at Sports Stadium.
Describing it as a historical moment for them, the Minister congratulated the people for fulfilment of this demand after a long wait.
Interacting with media persons, the Minister said the inter-regional connectivity through air, road and railways being key to development, has been accorded top priority by the present dispensation.
“With this objective air service to far off regions of state like Kishtwar, Paddar, Gurez, Rajouri and Poonch has been started by the state government,” he added.
Earlier, Dr Shahid Iqbal, the Deputy Commissioner Rajouri deliberated upon the importance of air service during medical emergencies and ceasefire violations as also for the promotion of Rajouri on state’s tourism map.