Poonch-Rawalkot trade route to open on Oct 30

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Jammu, Oct 19 (UNI) The much-awaited opening of Poonch-Rawalkot cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade route to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) had been rescheduled for October 30, sources said today .

Uri-Muzaffrabad and Poonch Rawalkot trade routes to PoK were scheduled to be opened simultaneously on October 21.

''Now Uri-Muzaffrabad route in Kashmir will only be opened on October 21, while the other one will be opened on October 31,'' sources told UNI.

The opening of Poonch-Rawalkot route was deferred for a week on the request of PoK delegation that visited J&K.

The delegation had requested for having at least a week time between the opening of each route as it was not possible for them to be present at both the places on same time,'' the sources said.

A trans-border trade centre had been established at Rangar in Poonch in record period of three weeks for loading and off-loading of goods.

Governor N N Vohra had laid the foundation stone of the trans-border trade centre at Rangar in Poonch on September 28. It was completed by the Public Works Department (PWD) in record period of three weeks.

Besides elaborate security arrangement, the centre has truck terminal, godowns, custom and immigration offices, scanning chambers with X-ray machines and weighing bridge.

Chakan-Da-Bagh point on the LoC in Poonch was opened for fortnight bus service on June 20, 2006 as part of Confidence Building Measure (CBMs) among the people of the separated parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Since September 8, cross LoC bus service has been made a weekly affair.

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