Train service resumes in Kashmir

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 11:41:41 AM

Srinagar, Jan 2: Train service resumed on Tuesday after it remained suspended on the first day of 2018 for security reasons in south Kashmir, where five CRPF personnel and three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in a fierce 36-hour-long encounter in Pulwama since wee hours of Sunday.

However, service was not affected and trains chug between Srinagar-Badgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north as per schedule on Monday, a railway official told UNI on Tuesday.

He said an advisory was received from police Sunday night to suspend all train runs between Badgam-Srinagar in central Kashmir to Anantnag and Qazigund in south and Banihal in Jammu region.

However, a fresh advisory was received to resume the service on Srinagar and Banihal track via south Kashmir, he said.

The Srinagar-Banihal route remained busiest in terms of number of commuters. But the most volatile areas fall in south Kashmir forcing authorities to suspend services on this route. We see heavy rush of passengers on Saturday, particularly in the evening when people are going to their homes and Monday morning when people are resuming their duties and business.

However, it is the passengers who suffer the most due to suspension of the train service which has become very popular as it is being considered safe, cheap and fast as compare to other mode of transport.

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