Train service resumes in Kashmir Valley after 100 days

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Srinagar

Train services in Kashmir have been resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended for 100 days since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

After remaining suspended for 99 days the train service connecting Srinagar with Baramulla resumed on Tuesday  November 12, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A senior railway official told Kashmir Life that train service was resumed on Tuesday morning in the valley.

He said that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar Tuesday morning. “The train made only two trips on the stretch as the authorities have directed Railways to ply trains between 10am and 3pm only due to security reasons,” he said.

On Monday, the Railways, accompanied by top security officials, had conducted a trial run of the service on the stretch for the first time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the Valley.

The train service in the Valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of August 5– hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

The Centre’s decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley – which completed 100 days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were later gradually eased out.

A senior railway official said the train from Srinagar to Anantnag and Banihal will be resumed after security clearance from the J&K Police. The officials said that after every 15 days, the railway will seek permission and security clearance from the police. “Only after the security clearance, the trains will be made operational.’’

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