Srinagar: The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad remained suspended for the sixth consecutive week on Monday.
The bus service was suspended on March 11 in order to carry some repair work on the Kaman post bridge. Official sources said that the repair work at Aman Setu, peace bridge, at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector, was still going on.
“Due to the sustained use of Kaman Aman Setu for cross LoC trade for a long period, the bridge has suffered some damages which requires repair to prevent further deportation. Inspection of the bridge was carried out by representatives of GREF supported by army engineers on March 8, 2019 which indicated that the bridge needs urgent repairs and maintenance to ensure its longevity” said an official communication of trade facilitation centre Salamabad, Uri.
The officials had said that the repair work will require 10-15 days and trade and bus service will be suspended accordingly.
The bus was introduced on April 7, 2005 as one of the major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) after India and Pakistan agreed to allow travel of residents of both sides of the LoC to undertake journey on Travel Permits instead of International passports.