Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for POK with 22 passengers on board
Srinagar, Mar 29 (UNI) The '' Karvan-e-Aman'' today left with 22 passengers on board to Aman Setu, the last border post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC).
The cross border bus service between India and Pakistan remained suspended for about a month due to landslides and shooting of stones triggered by heavy rains on the other side of the LoC.
Official sources told UNI the bus with eleven passengers left Sriangar this morning for Baramulla where eleven more boarded it on to way to Uri.
The passengers include 18 people from India, who are going to meet their relatives for the first time after 1947. Four travellers are residents of PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) who arrived here in the last bus, in last week of February.
The passengers commuting from this side leave the bus near the Aman Setu and reach Kaman bridge to again board a bus of PoK for Muzaffarabad. Similarly passengers from POK after crossing over the bridge on foot, board a bus from this side to reach Uri.
The bus service could not be operated after Pakistan army commanders informed the Indian counterpart at Aman Setu on March 2 that the bus service was not possible due to the landslides.
Again on March 9 and March 16 similar request came from them, forcing its cancellation.
It was later agreed by authorities of both the sides to extend the stay of passengers from both the sides, sources added.
Last year the bus service also remained suspended for about two months as a strong earthquake rocked Muzaffarabad, parts of PoK and north Kashmir claiming more than one lakh alive and damaging the Aman Setu.
A new balley bridge was constructed by the Indian army which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on February 20. Two Indians also lost their lives in PoK due to the quake while four returned back via Kaman post after covering the distance from Muzaffarabad on foot.
More UNI BAS CS KP1449