Train Service Resumes Partially In Kashmir Valley

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A train chugs on a snow covered railway track in Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar city as the train service got resumed in Kashmir on Tuesday. (Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

SRINAGAR – Rail services in Kashmir resumed partially on Tuesday over three months after being suspended in view of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, officials said.

A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning.

He said the train made only two trips on the Baramulla-Srinagar stretch as authorities have directed Railways to ply trains between 10 am and 3 pm only due to security reasons.

The Railways conducted the trial run of the service on the stretch on Monday for the first time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the valley.

The official said the Srinagar-Banihal stretch of the railway line would resume in a few days after checking track safety and conducting trial runs.

The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

The Centre’s decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley which completed 100 days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were later gradually eased out.


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