KL NEWS NETWORK
Northern Railways Wednesday said that it has rolled back its earlier decision to suspend rail services in Kashmir on Eid-al-Azha.
In a statement, the PRO of the Northern Railways said, “as a public transportation organization, the Railway remains the most popular, safe and economic mode and the preferred choice of transport in the Kashmir Valley region ever since introduction. However, in keeping with its abiding objective for safe running of train services in the Kashmir Valley, as per the deliberations with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, the Railway had planned to temporarily suspend train services between Banihal-Baramula apprehending untoward incidents on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha on 26th & 27th September 2015.”
“As large sections of the local public had appealed for restoration especially in keeping with the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and their request was backed by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. The Railway has decided not to suspend the train services in the said rail section,” the statement said.
The statement further read, “however, in the light of the recent incidences of arson and vandalism to sophisticated railway installations and obstruction to train crew in operating trains in the Valley by anti-social elements, Northern Railway appeals to the travelling public using train services in Banihal- Baramula region to discourage and prevent and counsel such persons indulging in mindless vandalism and obstruction of rail operations as the general public is put to great inconvenience causing a chain of detrimental condition.”