Train service resumes after two days


Srinagar, Feb 18: Train service resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for two days for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for a general strike on Saturday against shifting of detenues from central jail, Srinagar and killing of Hurriyat Conference (HC) leader by unidentified gunmen.
On Friday train service was suspended for security reasons in north Kashmir after clashes erupted when security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Palhalan Pattan.
Train service has been resumed in the Kashmir valley after receiving a fresh advisory from police last night, a railway official said.
The official said that all trains will run as per schedule on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly trains will chug today in north Kashmir after remaining suspended for two days, he said.
We witness heavy rush of passengers on Saturday, particularly in the afternoon when people are returning to their homes to avail Sunday holiday. Similarly Monday morning also witness heavy rush when people resume their normal activities.
He said railway department is acting on the advice of police for the safety and security of passengers and railway property.
Over a dozen times train service had been suspended partially or fully in the Kashmir valley for security reasons. Last year more than 50 times the train service remained suspended.
Train service has become very popular in the Kashmir valley as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe.
However, during 2016 railway suffered loss of crores of rupees after demonstrators damaged rail property besides due to cancellation of train service for about six months due to summer unrest.