Northern Railways revoked its earlier order of temporarily suspending train services in Kashmir on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, appealing people to discourage and prevent “mindless vandalism” and obstruction of rail operations.
“The Railways had planned to temporarily suspend train services between Banihal-Baramula apprehending untoward incidents on the occasion of upcoming Eid on September 26, 27.
“(However), as large sections of the local public had appealed for restoration especially in keeping with the festive occasion of Eid and their request was backed by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, the Railways has decided not to suspend the train services in the said rail section,” a Railways spokesman said.
He said the decision of temporarily suspending the services was taken, as per the deliberations with the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, in keeping with its abiding objective for safe running of train services in the Valley.
The spokesman said that in the light of incidents of arson and vandalism to sophisticated railway installations and obstruction to train crew in operating trains in the Valley by anti-social elements, Northern Railways has made an appeal to the travelling public to use train services in Banihal-Baramula region.
The appeal has been made in order to discourage 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 conditions.