6,698 people cross along LoC in Poonch: Govt

As many as 3,314 people have visited Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the Indian side and 3,384 persons from PoK visited this side via Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in border district of Poonch since 2005.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 14:18 PM IST

Jammu: As many as 3,314 people have
visited Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the Indian side and 3,384 persons from PoK visited this side via Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in border district of Poonch since 2005, Jammu and Kashmir government said here.

"As many as 3,314 persons of divided families visited
PoK from the Indian side and 3,384 persons from PoK visited
this side through a weekly bus service via Chakan-Da-Bagh
crossing point along the Line of Control in Poonch district
since the inception of cross-LoC travel in 2005," state Chief
Secretary Madhav Lal said yesterday.

Cross-LoC trade is flourishing with the passage of
time and trade is being allowed two days in a week from the
Indian side, Chief Secretary was informed in a meeting here.
As many as 166 traders are registered to carry on
trade from this side, out of which 140 traders are actually
taking part in the practice.

Since the inception of the facility, trade worth over
150 crore has been made, out of which transactions of over Rs
82 crore were made in the Indian currency upto February last
this year.

25 trucks containing permitted goods per day cross the
LoC, Lal was informed.
This financial year, 408 persons from the Indian side
and 351 persons of PoK visited Poonch district.

Chief Secretary also visited Trade Facilitation Centre
at Rangar and convened a meeting with traders led by their
Union President Pawan Kumar Anand.

PTI