Srinagar: National Conference's working president Omar Abdullah today asked the Centre to operate additional flights between Jammu and Srinagar to allow people to return home in Kashmir in view of closure of the only road link between the Valley and rest of the country.
“Request Govt Of India @PMOIndia @narendramodi to operate some additional flights between Jammu & Srinagar tomorrow for people stuck,” Omar wrote on twitter.
The 294-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been closed due to landslides caused by heavy rains since yesterday. In the valley, the downpour has led to sudden surge in water level of Jhelum river, causing panic among the residents.
“The highway is closed & flights are totally sold out. With this flood like situation people need/want to fly home but can't. @PMOIndia,” Omar added. The former chief minister of the state said he had a “Bloody sense of déjà vu & I hate it”.
Earlier, Omar said in view of the apprehensions of the people, the government should reach out to them and reassure them.
“Now is the time for the CM to use Radio Kashmir & FM to address people to reassure them of the factual position & dispel rumours.
“The poor residents of Srinagar must be absolutely terrified. Time for the authorities to reassure them,” he added.