Vol. 5 Num 295 Sat. March 26, 2005  

'Peace bridge' for Kashmir bus service

A crucial bridge in Jammu and Kashmir that will be used by the bus service linking the divided parts of Kashmir has been extensively repaired and named the "Aman Setu" or peace bridge.

This was announced Thursday by the Indian Army chief, Gen. J.J. Singh, who was visiting the state to inspect preparations for the bus service between Srinagar and Muzzafarabad that is scheduled to start April 7.

The bridge near Uri forms a key link on the Srinagar-Muzaffarbad road.

Singh said the bridge would help turn a new page in the history of India-Pakistan relations and open windows of opportunities and peace between the two nations.

The army chief was speaking to reporters at Rajouri, a border town 160 km north of winter capital Jammu, at the end of his daylong visit to Uri, Gulmarg and the Line of Control (LoC).