85 JKSSB aspirants among 230 stranded passengers airlifted in Gurez
HT NEWS NETWORK
Bandipora, Mar 5: The district administration Bandipora in coordination with the Army and other authorities Saturday set into motion an airlifting exercise wherein a record number of air sorties were run to and fro Gurez valley to evacuate stranded passengers including stranded aspirants who were expected to appear in JKSSB exams tomorrow.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Owais Ahmad said with improvement in the weather on Saturday MI-17 and Aryan Private Helicopter was put into service to airlift the stranded passengers. He said more than 230 passengers were airlifted in 17 air sorties.
“114 passengers were airlifted from Dawar, Kanzalwan, Neeru and Baduaab areas of Gurez Valley to Bandipora while 103 adults and 13 infants were airlifted from Bandipora to Dawar, Kanzalwan and Baduaab areas of Gurez Valley,” he added.
Dr Owais said the passengers including JKSSB aspirants were stranded and due to bad weather no flight could be operated till today. He said with improvement in the weather on Saturday, a helicopter was pressed into service to airlift the stranded passengers. He wished good luck and best wishes to the aspirants who are appearing in exams.