Track between Srinagar- Banihal assessed,rail run to resume in few days


SRINAGAR: Railway offi­cials today assessed the tracks between Srinagar in Kashmir valley and Banihal in Jammu region on which services would likely start in the first week of December after remaining sus­pended since July 9.

Meanwhile, the rail ser­vice between Srinagar and Badgam in the central Kash­mir resumed on November 17 though the number of passengers are very less.

A railway official today UNI that senior railway officers as­sessed the railway track from Srinagar to Banihal.

Senior railway officials in a special railway cart, which is being used for reaching damaged accident sites or undertaking reap­pear during emergencies, today left Srinagar for Ban­ihal via Pulwama, Anant­nag, Qazigund stations.

He said the officers on their return will discuss and decide the rail run date.

He said railway track had been damaged at several plac­es by the mobs during the un­rest and a number of railway stations were also been dam­aged in the violence.

The rail service between Baramulla in north Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region via Srinagar, Badgam, Anant­nag and Qazigund in south Kashmir was suspended fol­lowing massive protest across the valley after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) com­mander Burhan Wani and two other militants on July 8 in an encounter in Anantnag.

Railways authorities had started rail run between Sri­nagar and Budgam on No­vember 17 though the number of passengers are very less.

However, he said once the rail run is fully func­tional between Banihal and Baramulla, the number of passengers will increase. “Before the suspension of the service, the trains remained over crowded throughout the day,” he added.

Due to suspension of the rail service the railway au­thorities suffered crores of ru­pees loss during the past four months. Besides railway prop­erty had also been damaged.

“We have been spending nearly Rs 80 crore annually on operations and mainte­nance of rail operations in Kashmir and in return earn meager income,” he added.



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