Srinagar, May 14(KMW): Train service resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for four days in the Kashmir valley following damage caused to railway track on Srinagar-Banihal route by demonstrators on May 9 afternoon.
Train service resumed this morning and all trains will operate as per schedule, a railway official told News Agency.
He said train was suspended when some demonstrators damaged railway track at Panzgam on May 9, when train service was resumed after three days. About hundred track-circuit operating clip (TCOC) were missing at Panzgam in south Kashmir after demonstrations. The damaged portion of the track has been damaged and rain runs will resume from this morning, he said.
He said trains will now chug on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir track.
Similarly all trains will run on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund to Banihal in Jammu region as per schedule.
We will witness heavy rush of passenger this morning when people resume their normal activities after Sunday holiday, he said.
This month the train service was suspended eight times in the valley. Last month the service had to be eight times for security reasons. In 2016 train service remained suspended for over 50 days due to summer unrest.
He said in the past we had suspended train service on the advice of police for security reasons but this time we had to stop all trains after the track was damaged.
Last month window panes, including front screen, were damaged after some demonstrators pelted stones on train between Srinagar- Baramulla track, he said adding the service is for common people but we cannot compromise on their security.
However, official sources said that some miscreants had damaged the track since train service is being considered very cheap, safe and fast as compared to other transport which are very costly.
The cabs and other transporters had field day when trains are suspended in the valley.