Train service resumes in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 20: Train service resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for “ Lal Chowk” challo on Saturday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to inaugurate several developmental projects.
All train runs were resumed Sunday morning in the valley, a railway official said.
He said trains will chug on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla track in north Kashmir as per schedule. Similarly all train will runs on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik had called for “ Lal Chowk” challo against PM’s visit to Kashmir.
We suspended train service in the valley following a fresh directive from police yesterday. However, last night a fresh advisory was received to resume all train runs, he said.
The official said Railway department is acting on the directive of police. Since the security and safety of passengers, railway officials and rail property was involved are suspending train service in the valley.
This was the 9th time train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley during the month of May so far security reasons and damage to tracks. Last month train service remained suspended partially or fully for 8 times in the valley, where last year train could not run for over 50 times for security reasons.
However, train service has become very popular in the valley as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport.