Razdan Pass opens today

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Bandipora, May 15: Two days after opening of Zozila pass, the Army has thrown open the Bandipora- Kanzalwan – Dawar road to vehicular traffic today in a simple ceremony presided over by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GOC 15 Corps.

Razdan Pass, located at an altitude of 11700 feet, is a vital bottleneck, the opening of which results in enabling the life line to Gurez and mitigates the hardships of the local populace. Last year this pass was opened to vehicular traffic on 20 May 2014 and kept opened for an extended period up to 24 Jan 2015 nearly one month beyond the normal period.

Gurez is connected to Kashmir valley by a single road from Bandipora which runs across the Razdan pass at an altitude of 11700 feet. Owing to heavy snow fall and large number of avalanches and snow slides in the area, this single artery remains cut off for many months during winter every year. The feasibility report of tunnel (planned 18 Km) under Razdan pass to ensure all weather connectivity has also been prepared by BRO.

In addition to various Army and Civil dignitaries to include MLA Gurez, Nazir Ahmed, Dy GOC 28 Infantry Division Brigadier N Balan, Chief Engineer Beacon Brigadier AK Das.

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On the occasion, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GOC 15 Corps addressed the gathering, and complimented the Border Roads Organization and civil labour for timely opening of the road (five days earlier than last year), braving adverse weather conditions in extremely during harsh winters. He also gave away prizes to some of the brave hearts who worked for opening the road for their contribution.

The Air Force was also complimented for air maintenance of Gurez Valley during the road closure period during which nearly 550 civilians were air lifted between Gurez and Bandipora.

GOC 15 Corps also reiterated the strategic and economic importance of this road and assured the locals of area Army’s commitment to ensure the security of the road against challenges posed by harsh weather and terrain conditions as well as against the external and internal threats.