Indian Railways train services resume in Jammu and Kashmir after 100 days
Srinagar : After 100 days of being shut in the Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Railways on Monday resumed its train services in the state. Just before the announcement on Article 370 by the Centre, the train services were stopped in the apprehension of the law and order situation.
Before resuming the services completely, senior Railway officials had conducted a trial run on the route to ensure safety of the passengers.
According to the officials, the Indian Railways went through a complete check on the safety of the passengers. Before taking the trial run, security agencies in the valley had given a green signal to the resumption of the rail service.
"For Kashmiris, the train is a lifeline. This is also a cheaper medium to travel in less time. Our trains are safe and tracks have no damage," said Sudhir Kumar, a senior railway official.
The move has been praised by the commoners as it was getting difficult for them to travel from one place to another via roads.
Fifteen pairs of train ferry around 30,000 commuters, six days a week, mostly students and employees between Banihal and Baramulla.
At present, the railway service runs from Banihal in Jammu to Baramulla in North Kashmir joining several districts in Kashmir. By 2020, the government of India plans to connect Kashmir to Kanyakumari through the train.