Engineers’ will survey Poonch, Rawlakot road
By Iftikhar Gilani
NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir government has formed a team of engineers to survey the Poonch-Rawlakot link road that connects both sides of Kashmir across the Line of Control (LoC). Both President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh referred to this road during the Pakistani president’s tour and announced that it would be opened to the public soon.
Roads and Building Minister Gulam Ahmed Mir will lead the engineers’ team, which will survey the repair and renovation required from Wednesday. It is considered among the shortest routes to connect Poonch with Rawlakot.
Nineteen kilometres of the 30-kilometre road is in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, said Mir adding that the two sides were linked at the Poonch-Krishna Ghati-Mendhar Road. Also on agenda was repairing an old bridge, damaged during the 1947-48 war, on river Poonch separating the two sides LoC, he said. He will submit the survey’s assessment report to New Delhi.