134 stranded tourists flown to Gujarat

It's the first chartered flight operated from Dehradun

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: June 23, 2013 3:45:14 am

A chartered flight from Dehradun Saturday flew 134 passengers,stranded due to the devastating floods in Uttarakhand,to Ahmedabad.

This was the first chartered aircraft to operate from Dehradun carrying stranded tourists and pilgrims,aviation sources said here.

A Boeing 737-700,belonging to Jet Airways and operated by aircharter firm Subha Aviation,was chartered by the Gujarat government at the instance of Chief Minister Narendra Modi,they said.

The aircraft took off from Jolly Grant airport at 0830 hours and reached Ahmedabad almost two hours later,the sources said.

Some other states like Bihar and Rajasthan,from where people are still stranded in the affected region,were also contemplating chartering aeroplanes to evacuate them expeditiously.

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