Tourism

Rising airfare fuels tourism resurgence: Pinarai Vijayan to PM Modi

Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene on the country’s airfare hike, saying it not only creates hardship for non-resident Indians but is also affecting the resurgence of the vital tourism sector. to the economy.

In addition to rising airfare, another issue that Vijayan brought to the attention of the prime minister was the railways’ decision to abandon the Nemom bus terminal project at Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala’s chief minister has asked Modi to intervene to reconsider abandoning the project and instead secure its speedy approval.

Both issues were raised by Vijayan in separate letters dated 2 July to the Prime Minister.

In terms of airfare, the Chief Minister of Kerala stated that airfare fees in both the international and domestic sectors were “prohibitive” compared to pre-COVID rates, and the same was affecting NRI.

He went on to say in the letter that the tourism sector in Kerala is on the cusp of change, with high airfares “seriously hindering the sector’s resurgence.”

“I ask for your immediate personal intervention in this matter in order to alleviate the difficulties of the NRI and help the tourism sector, the revival of which is vital to our economy,” Vijayan said in a letter.

In another message, the chief minister said that the railways’ decision to abandon the Nemom bus terminal project was “a major setback for the development of Kerala’s railway infrastructure.”

He said that the project was included in the union budget for 2011-2012 for the first time and its importance was recognized by the union railway minister at the groundbreaking in March 2019.

Vijayan said the landowners whose land was acquired for the project would face undue hardship.

“The Nemom Coaching Terminal project, which is proposed as an auxiliary terminal for trains departing and terminating at Central Thiruvananthapuram, is essential to the development of rail connectivity in the state. I ask you to intervene so that the decision to abandon the above project is reviewed and provide early approval for the same, ”the letter from the Chief Minister says.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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