Indian Railways Restore Services In Kashmir Valley

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The Indian Railways is decided to restart the train services in the Kashmir valley on Tuesday to benefit the thousands of local peoples traveling from Baramulla to Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir.

During the winter season, snowfall usually halts the movement of vehicles in Kashmir valley, during this situation the train operation is considered the simplest mode of transportation in Kashmir valley.

According to a press release, the decision to restore the Indian Railway train services in Kashmir valley was taken after due security audits and an assurance by the Government Railways Police, Jammu and Kashmir.

On November 7, the railway tracks were covered with snow of thickness of 20-45 cm following heavy snowfall. The Srinagar-Baramulla and Srinagar-Banihal sections were cleared of the snow before permitting safe operations on the railway tracks.

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“Accordingly, inspection and trial runs were undertaken between Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Section on November 10 and between Srinagar-Banihal section on November 16,” said the Railways in a press statement.

The period of the train services was increased from 5 hours to 9 hours, i.e. between 8 AM to 5 PM, and the sections have been restored to their normal speed of 100 kmph.

A total of 16 train services are presently running on both sections.

News Source: ANI

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