Srinagar, Aug 7: Train service resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for two days for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called strike on Sunday and Monday against any move to weaken the Article 35 A.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday after hearing a number of writ petitions challenging Article 35 A, which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state has now adjourned the case till week starting from August 27. The Article provides special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
We have resumed train service in the Kashmir valley after receiving a fresh advisory last night, a senior railway official said.
An advisory was received on Saturday to suspend all trains in the Kashmir valley for two day– Sunday and Monday– for security reason following strike call.
Therefore, he said, trains will chug on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir today. Similarly all trains were also run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he added. Morning trains are running as per schedule, he said.
We are acting on the advice of local administration who are taking decisions to suspend train service keeping in view the security and safety of passengers, railway staff and other property, he said adding in the past railways suffered damages worth crores of rupees during demonstrations and protests in the valley, where trains, railway stations and tracks were targeted.
This second time in the month of August train service has been suspended in the valley.
Train service has become very popular in the valley since it is very cheap, fast and safe as compared to other mode of transport.
We are expecting heavy rush of passengers in the morning as people will resume their normal activities after Sunday holiday, he said.