Train services in Punjab to resume from today

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CM Amarinder
CM Amarinder

Chandigarh : Punjab farmers who had blocked train routes on several places have now moved away from the tracks, allowing trains to ply as per schedule, an announcement after a meeting with farmer's union and CM Amarinder Singh said.

The farmers have agreed to lift the barricades for a time frame of 15 days and warned that they will return if a solution is not given in the time frame.

Tweeting shortly after the announcement was made, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he welcomed the farmers' decision and called on the centre to resume rail services to the state.

"Had a fruitful meeting with kisan (farmers') unions. Happy to share that starting November 23 night, kisan unions have decided to end rail blockade for 15 days. I welcome this step since it will restore normalcy to our economy," Mr Singh said.

"I urge the central government to resume rail services to Punjab forthwith," he added.

It is expected that CM Amarinder will now meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi next week to discuss the resumption of train services in his state.

According to news agency PTI the blockade has led to losses to the state economy worth Rs 22,000 crore. The Railways, meanwhile, has suffered an estimated Rs 1,200 crore loss. 

The farmers have been protesting against the farm law Centre passed in the parliament couple of weeks back.