Train services remain resumes in south Kashmir

Srinagar, May 29: Train services was resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for security reasons for four days in south Kashmir following damage caused to track by the demonstrators, who were protesting against the arrest of some youths during nocturnal raids in Anantnag district on Friday.
However, all trains were running as per schedule on Srinagar-Budgam to Baramulla route in north Kashmir normally, a senior railway official said.
He said several Track Circuit Operating Clip (TCOC) were missing after protests by demonstrator demanding release of youths arrested by police at Arwani in Anantnag, he said. This was the second time the TCOC were stolen during the demonstration as on May 9, 300 clips were found missing after demonstration at Panzgam in Anantnag. The track was repaired and rail traffic resumed on the route.
Therefore, trains will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu today, he said.
Train services have become very popular in the valley as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe mode of transport, compared to other modes of transport. However, this month so far the service was suspended for 14 times in Kashmir valley partially or fully for security reasons. Last month, the train service was suspended for eight times for security reasons. In the year, the service remained affected for over 50 times fully or partially.