November 2005 News

Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road reopened

3 November 2005
The Hindu
Special Correspondent

Kaman Post: Ahead of the opening of quake relief centres along the Line of Control (LoC), the Army on Thursday reopened the road connecting Srinagar with Muzaffarabad. However, work is yet to be completed on the other side. Braving rough terrain and landslips, Army and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) workers finished the work in record time. 'We are still in shock [in the wake of the October 8 earthquake], but the higher authorities were keen to see this road through by this time. Our men doubled their efforts in spite of the high level of risk,' a BRO officer said. Lt. Gen. Deepak Kapur, General Officer Commanding of the Northern Command, who flew to Uri to throw open the road for traffic, said the Army and the BRO 'have always been in the forefront to help the civilian population in times of natural calamities.' 'A gift for victims' Kaman Post-Chakothi is one of the five points to be thrown open on November 7 'It [the reopening] is a gift [for the quake victims] as relief supplies will reach the needy on either side of the Line of Control. The gigantic task of opening the road was completed in less than a month,' said Gen. Kapur.On restoration of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, he said it depended on preparations on both sides. 'On our side, I think it will be ready by November 20. Work is on to make the five points mine-free. I am confident we will meet the November 7 deadline in all respects.' The road link between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad was opened after 60 years on April 7 this year. The last bus crossed the Kaman Bridge (now Aman Setu) on October 6.


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