J&K: Army builds alternative roads along border
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Last Updated: Monday, January 17, 2011, 17:30
Jammu: Meant for their exclusive use, the Army has built a strategic and an alternative road along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir, test trials for which have been conducted successfully.

"Army has built a strategic and an alternative road along border connecting Gurez (North Kashmir) with Drass area (Ladakh region). It has successfully conducted trials on the road stretch," Minister for Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon said to a news agency.

The work was completed by end of last year and trials of plying defence vehicles were successful, Akhoon said, adding "it is exclusive for the movement of Army".

The Border Road Organisation (BRO) has been constructing the 120-km alternative and strategic road from Drass to Bandipore district in North Kashmir.

While 67 kilometers of road length has been constructed, work is on for metalling of the rest, officials said, adding that it was likely to be thrown open for public in a year's time.

The mountain-locked Ladakh region will now have another road link to Kashmir apart from Srinagar-Leh highway via the 11300-feet high Zojila Pass, which remains blocked for almost six to seven months of winter period, they said.

"It will strengthen the forward areas in Drass-Gurez sectors, which saw Kargil intrusion and infiltrations of militants from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)," they added.

Jammu and Kashmir Forest Minister Mian Altaf and MLA Gurez, Nazir Gurezi, became the first civilians to travel on the alternative road, last year.

They covered the distance of 65-kilometers from Drass to Tulail Valley in three hours and it took two more hours for them to reach Gurez from Tulail, the officials said.


First Published: Monday, January 17, 2011, 17:30

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