COVID-19: Trains services likely to resume by Feb 17 after 10 months


Trains services

 Trains services to resume after Govt issues SOPs: Railway officials

Srinagar, Feb 03: Jammu & Kashmir administration in collaboration with the Railway authorities is mulling to resume the train services by February 17 after a gap of ten months, official sources said.
People from different areas of Kashmir said that public transport is normally functional & now government has also decided to open educational institutions, then why only services have been kept suspended.
“If train service will resume, passengers can skip Qazigund -Banihall portion which remains very slippery in winters & it can reduce traffic jam on national highway as well,” Subzar Ahmad, a resident of Qazigund told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).
Saqib Yousuf, Chief Manager Railways said that once government will come up with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) pertaining to Covid-19, train service will resume in J&K.
He said department suffered losses in crores but decision was taken for wellbeing of people.
A top official in the administration told KNO that train services in Jammu & Kashmir will resume by February 17.
He said that government will come up with SOPs in this regards in next few days.
Pertinently, train services in Jammu & Kashmir were suspended on March 19 last year’s after outbreak of Covid-19.
Notably, Banihal-Baramulla Train services resumed on 11 November 2019 after remaining suspended for around 100 days after abrogation of special status of erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Railway officials had said that railway suffered a loss of around 2 crore for remaining suspended from 05 August 2019 to November 11, 2019 after revocation of special status—(KNO)


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