Srinagar: Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, the Chinar Corps Commander, has declared the Razdhan Pass open, thereby re-establishing the road link between Gurez and Kashmir Valley.
Gurez is connected to Kashmir Valley by a single road from Bandipora which runs across the Razdhan Pass at an altitude of 11700 feet. Owing to heavy snowfall and avalanches and snow slides in the area, this single artery remains cut off for many months during winter every year.
The pass was declared open by Chinar Corps Commander on Tuesday. In addition to various civil dignitaries like Dr Shah Faesal, DC Bandipora, many civil administration officials of Gurez and many army officials were also present, according to an army handout.
On the occasion, the Corps Commander addressed the gathering, and while complimenting the Border Roads Organization and civil labour, gave away prizes to a select few for their contribution.
The Air Force was also complimented for its efforts involved in air maintenance of Gurez during the harsh winter gone by in which nearly 450 civilians were airlifted between Gurez and Bandipora, the handout added.
Singh also complimented the army authorities in Gurez for facilitating and organizing casualty evacuation of approximately 45 civil patients including nearly 20 pregnant women. “During these trying times, the army had been going out of the way to extend all possible assistance to the local population by way of medical aid, Khairiyat patrols and cooperation in all other spheres of activity,” the statement said.