Operations to resume after tracks cleared: Rlys - ECAS Punjab

Operations to resume after tracks cleared: Rlys

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Tribune News Service

Moga, November 12

Officials of the Railways are hopeful of running the goods and passenger trains in Punjab after the complete vacation of railway tracks and stations by farmers in the Ferozepur Division. There have been reports that groups of farmers are still protesting near tracks and railway stations at many places in the state.

A deputation of the farm organisations will be meeting representatives of the Centre tomorrow after which trains are expected to run after a gap of over seven weeks. Due to the agitation started by farmers from September 24, some of the special trains running from the Ferozepur Division have been cancelled and some are being run with partial cancellation due to which passengers are facing a lot of trouble.

Meanwhile, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Rajesh Aggarwal said even after the resumption of the trains they would have to follow precautions in view of the pandemic as per the guidelines of the Centre.

After the pandemic, the Railways started AC special train services across the country from May 12 and 200 trains from June 1. To provide convenience to passengers on the occasion of festivals, 196 pairs of "festival special" trains are being operated between October 20 and November 30. But in Punjab such special trains could not be run due to the farmers' agitation.

Aggarwal said on the commencement of normal rail operations, certain steps would be taken by the Ferozepur Division to deal with excessive passenger traffic or congestion due to the festival season and to avoid Covid-19.

Regarding festival specials and special trains, there will be continuous announcements on display boards and public address system. Additional security personnel will be deployed to control the line arrangement and passengers to avoid congestion at the station.

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