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Kashmir bus safe from militants: Army

March 18, 2005 18:57 IST

The army on Friday said measures had been taken to ensure that Srinagar-Muzzaffarbad road, which is set to reopen on April 7, is not used by militants.

"We have chalked out preventive measures to check any misuse," Army Chief General J J Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function to flag off the army's women's expedition team to Mount Everest [Images].

Blurring of the LoC

He said work was on in full swing to make the road safe for travel before its formal opening. Most of the mines, some of them planted during the first Indo-Pak conflict in 1948, have been removed.

"Our engineers are on the job. We expect the road to be safe for travel by the due date", he said.

Bus will boost trade

Admitting that the 743 km anti-infiltration fence along the Line of Control [Images] had been breached at places, the General Singh said once the snowfall reduced the army would repair the damage.

Seeking to allay fears that the breaches could be used by militants to sneak across once snow starts melting in April, Singh said there were other back-up measures to deal with such threats.

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