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Tribune News Service

Amritsar/Ludhiana, Dec 5

The New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express along with several other trains remain cancelled due to the blockade of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee (KMSC) at the Jandiala Guru railway station, about 10 km from Amritsar. However, four goods trains are arriving in Amritsar district, but via a diverted route from Beas, Tarn Taran and Bhagtanwala to the railway station.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, said: “More trains could not be plied on the diverted route as it has a single-line section where trains cannot be operated beyond 50 km per hour speed. So the Railways had to cancel the trains to decrease the load on the section.”

Besides, this section does not have an electricity line whereas all trains are being run with electric engine. Electric engines need to be replaced with diesel ones at the Beas railway station. The changeover of the engine consumes at least 45 minutes. Otherwise, the Amritsar-Delhi section is the busiest with dozens of trains being run over the route.

In the absence of train connectivity, people are compelled to catch trains from Ambala and other railway stations. The industry in Ludhiana is facing shortage of raw material due to disrupted rail traffic.

“Roads going to Delhi are also blocked and no train is running to Delhi from Ludhiana. Now, there is no other option left except the air route. Everyone cannot afford to travel by air,” said Badish Jindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association.

“This has taken a toll on the manufacturing sector as raw material is unable to reach us. It has been a month since I ordered the raw material but it has not reached yet and production has been hit,” says a hosiery manufacturer from the city.

In addition to Shatabdi, Bathinda-Varanasi Express Special, Amritsar-Ajmer Express and Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express Special remained suspended till today. Meanwhile, the Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri Karambhoomi Express, Amritsar-Korba Chhattisgarh Express and Amritsar-Jaynagar Humsafar Express remained short-terminated and short originated from Ambala Cantt till today.

from The Tribune

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