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Posted at: Aug 30, 2017, 12:44 AM; last updated: Aug 30, 2017, 12:44 AM (IST)

Railways resume train services from city

Railways resume train services from city
Passengers in front of the enquiry and reservation counters at the Bathinda railway junction on Tuesday. Photo by writer

Ravi Chandel

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 29

The Bathinda railway junction has resumed the passenger train services after getting a go-ahead signal from the Ambala headquarters in the afternoon.

There are about seven to eight trains halted at the station since August 24.

The goods trains had already started plying yesterday under the security of the railway police personnel.

The first train from Bathinda to Ambala will leave at 5:50 pm and after that the remaining trains will start plying to other parts of the country.

However, due to unawareness regarding the resuming of train services, not many passengers could be seen at the railway ticket counters. Largely, the passengers who were stranded midway boarded the trains.

“Finally, the wait for the trains has come to an end and we will reach our home,” said Vipan Kumar, a passenger from UP.

Harbans Singh, a city resident, said, “The railway authorities must announce at the public place such as gurdwaras, temples and masjids so that everyone will be able to know about the resumption of train services.”

On the other hand, owing to the tensed situation, the Railways has suffered a huge loss.

According to information, the Bathinda railway junction has returned nearly Rs 1,13,245 to the passengers for ticket cancellation. The overall loss comes to nearly Rs 1.75 crore.

Station superintendent Ramswaroop Meena said, “These are the approximated figures of losses the Bathinda railway junction has suffered over the past five days due to the tensed situation in the city. May be, the exact figures of loss are much bigger than the approximated figures.”

“We have resumed the train services and have also deployed 2 GRPF and 1 RPF personnel with each passenger train, considering the situation in northern region of the country,” he added.


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