With the hilly districts of Doda and Kishtwar facing a crunch of supplies of essential commodities after snapping of the Batote-Assar road,Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has sought additional IAF sorties for airlifting essential commodities to the affected areas of Bhaderwah,Kishtwar and Doda and has taken up the matter with Union Defence Minister A K Antony.
Omar Abdullah has told Antony that the Air Force has supported the airlifting of essential commodities to affected areas after the massive landslide on February 6. He expressed hope that the Defence Ministry would continue its support in airlifting 200 tonnes of essential supplies to the region so that a buffer stock is maintained there till road communication is restored.
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar,accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal,flew to Doda and Kishtwar on Thursday to oversee progress of the road construction at Assar and the supplies of the essential commodities to these districts.
They held meetings with the district administration in both districts and issued instructions to officials to maintain supplies of the essential commodities for at least three months.