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Airway ticket crisis left without solution, hefty price of Airway tickets leading massive suffering
TIWN Jan 27, 2019
Airway ticket crisis left without solution, hefty price of Airway tickets leading massive suffering
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AGARTALA, Jan 27 (TIWN): Airway ticket crisis, high price of tickets have hit the Airway passengers in Tripura, but the BJP led State Govt has failed to bring any development so far. Eventhough discussion took place between Centre and State during Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s Delhi visit, but so far except promises and tall claims about #TransformingTripura, notjing could be gained. Moreover, getting 1 flight will not be enough when many flights of SpiceJet and Indigo stopped service. A meeting was held between Chief Minister Biplab Deb and Jayant Sinha who is the Minister of State for Civil Aviation and also CM claimed that Sinha appreciated the demand of flight for Tripura, but exactly from when this service will be started, it has not been declared yet. Tension erupted, as similar promises earlier also were made but in case of action, nothing much happened. From Govt press release also no new addition was mentioned about “new flights” while describing Chief Minister’s Delhi visit.

On the other side, common men are heavily disturbed, suffering due to the ongoing flight ticket crisis. They are bound to buy tickets at double, triple prices, where the minimum price starts from 10000-15000.

Since the BJP Govt came in power, flight fares made a serious up, increased even at Rs. 16000-17000. But after every visit, Chief Minister Biplab Deb claims that flight fare will be down and new flight will be launched whereas except empty promises nothing happened when so many flights were reduced in service.

On 6th November in a Kali Puja function, Chief Minister Biplab Deb promised that within 15 days new flight will be launched but now more than one-and-half months are gone without any development.

Costly flight tickets in all routes have hit the passengers in Tripura everyday, whereas the Civil Aviation department of the Central Govt had urged all state govts to reduce VAT on ATF in March 2018. Not only flight tickets are at crisisbut one after flights are quitting Tripura, but Govt has no intention to reduce the VAT. Many states have reduced ATF taxes following the call of the Central Govt.

Ex-Chief Minister Manik Sarkar also interfered the flight crisis issue, but from BJP Govt nothing could be assured so far.

Earlier, opposition Congress had demanded that within 7 days an immediate down in the VAT charges on aviation turbine fuel in Tripura should be introduced. The VAT is 18% whereas Congress has demanded it should be 4% following other Northeast States.

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