//Second road link on LoC by March 31

Second road link on LoC by March 31

Jammu: The two sides of Kashmir, divided by the Line of Control (LoC), will have the second link when the route passing through Chakan Da Bagh will open on March 31, officials here said yesterday.

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 the deadline for the second project must be met, according to the spokesman. Bakaya, in his capacity as 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 last year, 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-km 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.