PoK And J&K Exchange Goods Worth Rs 1.63 Crore

16 April 2009

Jammu: Goods worth over Rs 1.63 crore were exchanged in the cross-loc Poonch-Rawalakote weekly trade between Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). This is for the first time that imports and exports between two parts of the divided state crossed over Rs 1.63 crore, while it was only Rs 57 lakh during weekly trade on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. About 29 vehicles, including three light motor vehicles, loaded with goods worth Rs 10,320,559 crossed to this side of loc from pok and 27 trucks carrying goods valuing Rs 29,88,807 were dispatched to the other side. The cross-loc trade had to be suspended on Tuesday due to heavy rush of items to be loaded in the trucks after a thorough security check, they said, adding that it was also suspended due to landslide on road between Chakan-Da-Bagh and Rawalakote. It also took a lot of time for labourers to offload the goods at trade facilitation centre (tfc) at Rangar in Poonch and the list of imported goods had been prepared till late last night as the items went through security check for a long time. The items on the barter system that were imported included garlic, ginger, keeno, dates, pulses and peshawari chappals and the items exported included onion, grapes, banana, tomato, chillis, coconut, bitter guard, lady finger, peas, honey and shawls. The officials of Jammu and Kashmir and PoK supervised the LoC-trade exchange at Chakan-Da-Bagh.