Railways pegs big losses due to farmers’ stir

Says 118 tickets cancelled causing loss of Rs83,000 at city and Rs18,040 at Cantt railway station in a day

Railways pegs big losses due to farmers’ stir

Railway stations wear a deserted look ahead of Punjab bandh call in Jalandhar on Thursday. Sarabjit singh

Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 24

As farmers in the region commenced their stir against the promulgation of the farm ordinances on Thursday, adequate arrangements were carried out in the city to avoid any untoward incident.

Both — city and Cantt railway stations — ahead of the Punjab bandh call on Friday, also wore a deserted look. Three passengers who were unaware of the cancellation of trains, were asked to return by the Government Railway Police deployed at both stations. On the first day of the protest, not much agitation was observed and farmers also refrained from hitting the roads. However, as per the farm outfits, an intensified protest would be observed on the ‘Punjab bandh’ day.

Buses likely to remain off-road

Owing to zero movement of locals as well as inter-district commuters, the services of Punjab Roadways and PRTC busses will possibly be suspended on Friday. Navraj Batish, General Manager at Jalandhar Depot-1, said: “While no official information has been received on the suspension of bus services, the directions have been received to operate busses considering the safety of passengers amid highways being blocked. There is a fleet of around 55 buses at the Roadways Depot-1 and 35 at Depot-2.

150 cops to man traffic

While major roads and highways will remain blocked on Friday, DCP traffic, said the traffic routes would be diverted through villages to ensure that commuters don’t face any inconvenience, and they would be advised not to use the highways. “Around 150 police personnel will be manning the traffic at all entry and exit points of the city and a map work has been done to divert traffic. All emergency services, inter-state or inter-district passengers will be diverted through villages and only service roads would be used,” Dogra said. Besides, senior traffic police officials would also be there on roads to assist the patrolling teams.


Passengers inconvenienced as Train schedule changed

  • As the schedule of over a dozen trains was changed on Wednesday, passengers having no access to the internet visited the railway station to cancel their already reserved tickets. As per the spokesperson of the Firozepur Railway Division, the Railways suffered a loss of over Rs1lakh in the district only. While 100 pre-booked tickets were cancelled by passengers at the city railway station, 18 passengers cancelled their tickets at the Jalandhar Cantt railway station thereby leading to a loss of around Rs83,000 and Rs18,040 at both stations, respectively. Apart from them, several tickets were cancelled online as well.
  • After announcing the cancellation of 14 trains, the regional railways authorities on Thursday said only two trains — Amritsar-Haridwar Jan Shatabdi (02053/02054) and Jammu-Delhi Rajdhani (12426) — will remain cancelled on September 25 and 26.
  • While trains including Amritsar-Mumbai Central (02903/02904), Amritsar-Kolkata (02357/02358), Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri (02407/02408), Amritsar-Banda Terminal (02925/02926), Amritsar-Hazur Sahib Nanded (02715/02716), Amritsar-Jainagar (04673/04674), Jammu Tawi-New Delhi (02425/02426), Firozepur Cantt-Dhanbad (03307/03308), Amritsar-Dibrugarh (05933/05934), Bandra Terminal-Amritsar (09025/09026), Amritsar-Jainagar (04651/04652), Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri (04653/04654) will be partially cancelled or short-terminated, majorly from Ambala and Saharanpur. TNS

AAP leaders hold demonstration

Jalandhar: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday held a protest against the farm Bills and demanded that these be withdrawn. The demonstration was held at Jalandhar West constituency’s Shri Guru Ravi Das Chowk from 10 am to 12 noon. Leaders including Darshan Lal Bhagat, Balwant Bala, Sanjeev Bhagat, Ramesh, Parmanand and Subhash Bhagat among others gathered under Dr Shiv Dyal Mali. They appealed to make the September 25 Punjab Bandh a success. TNS

People misleading farmers, says BJP

Jalandhar: The Modi government and the agricultural ministry has provided a gift to the protesting farmers by increasing the MSP of crops such as wheat, mustard, chana and pulses from Rs50 to Rs300 before sowing. Senior BJP leader Mohinder Singh Chheena said this during a press conference held by the district president Sushil Sharma at the district BJP office. He appealed to the protesting farmers to read the farm Bills. He said the PM and the Agriculture Minister have specified that MSP would not be dispensed with. People who are scared of losing control are misleading farmers on the issue, he said. District president Sushil Sharma said on the directions of state BJP president Ashwani Sharma, Kisan Morcha workers will go to all villages and spread awareness among farmers on the Bills. TNS

UGC-NET candidates urged to reach venue early

Precautions have been advised for students appearing for the UGC-NET exam to be held in the city on Friday. In a press release issued by Dr Rashmi Vij, city coordinator, UGC-NET September-2020, he said: “Keeping in view the bandh call by farmers tomorrow, all candidates have been requested to reach the venue —Saffron Consulting Service, Paragpur ION Digital IDZ-I — before time. The entry will start from 6 am onwards and 12:30 pm for the evening shift.” TNS

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