Road To PoK Will Be Ready In 2 Months
6 May 2004
The Asian Age
New Delhi: BRO chief Lt. Gen. Ranjit Singh said here on Thursday that the 17-km stretch from Uri to the Line of Control checkpost leading to Muzafarabad is damaged and needs extensive repair to make it motorable. He said that apart from repair work of the road, a bridge has to be constructed near the Line of Control. The bridge would be built by the Army engineers and the survey for it has also been completed. The present Red Bridge, popularly known as Lal Pul, is not in a condition to take vehicular movement. The Red Bridge is just eight kilometres from the border town of Uri, said to be the gateway to Kashmir. Lt. Gen. Ranjit Singh said that since the Srinagar-Muzafarrabad road link will be a single lane as they don't expect much traffic on it. Initially, it will not be a metalled road, said BRO officials, adding that the construction of a black- top surface takes longer time. It is estimated that it will take more than one-and-a-half year to have a metalled road. But the officials said that even the non-metalled road will be fit for vehicular movement. Experts from India and Pakistan are slated to meet to discuss the modalities of operationalising the proposal to open this route as part of the confidence-building measures and to enhance people-to-people-contacts.