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Second Indo-Pak road link to open on March 31

Chakan da Bagh, through which the road will pass, was among the points opened in wake of the earthquake.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 22:46 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The two sides of Kashmir, divided by the Line of Control , will have the second link when the route passing through Chakan da Bagh will open on March 31, officials said on Monday.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has instructed all its public works agencies to complete the road construction work by that date, an official spokesman said.

Chief Secretary Vijay Bakaya has told senior officers that the deadline for the second project must be met, according to the spokesman.

Bakaya, in his capacity as the Principal Secretary to then chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, had played a big role in the opening of the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad road on April 7, 2005, the first road link across the LoC, which opened after a gap of 57 years.

The Srinagar-Muzzafarabad road, however, is a circuitous link for the people of the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, entailing an extra 700 kilometre long journey.

Chakan da Bagh was among the five points along the LoC opened in the wake of the October 8 earthquake in the region to facilitate movement of people across the dividing line.

The proposed link will revive a part of the pre-partition Poonch-Rawalakot road.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 22:46 IST