'Exorbitantly High' Airfares Affecting Tourism: Kerala CM Vijayan to PM Modi
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan sought PM Narendra Modi's "immediate personal intervention" in the matter.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the issue of rising air fares in the country, saying that it was not only causing hardship to non-resident Indians (NRIs), but was also affecting revival of the tourism sector.
Besides rising air fares, another issue which Mr Vijayan drew the Prime Minister's attention to was the railways decision to abandon the Nemom Coaching Terminal project in Thiruvananthapuram.
Both the issues were raised by Mr Vijayan in separate letters addressed to the Prime Minister on 2 July.
He said Kerala's tourism sector is on the threshold of a turnaround and the high air fares "are a serious dampener to the revival of this sector".
"I request your immediate personal intervention in this matter so as to alleviate the difficulties of NRIs and to help the tourism sector, the revival of which is vital for our economy," Mr Vijayan said in the letter.
Nemom Project Essential for Development of Rail Traffic in Kerala: CM Vijayan
In the other letter, Mr Vijayan said the railways' decision to drop the Nemom Coaching Terminal project was "a major setback to the rail infrastructure development of Kerala".
Mr Vijayan said landowners whose land was acquired for the project would be put to undue hardship.
"The Nemom Coaching Terminal project, which is proposed as a satellite terminal for trains departing from and terminating at Thiruvananthapuram Central, is essential for the development of rail traffic in the State. I request you to intervene so that the decision to abandon the above project is reconsidered and to ensure that an early approval is granted for the same," the Chief Minister said in the letter.
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