Jat protests continue to hit train services
More than 1,100 trains have been cancelled and 400-odd trains diverted since the first week of March owing to the Jat community’s agitation demanding quota in government jobs.delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2011 00:22 IST
More than 1,100 trains have been cancelled and 400-odd trains diverted since the first week of March owing to the Jat community’s agitation demanding quota in government jobs.
As many as 1,169 trains were cancelled, 440 trains diverted and 317 trains were short terminated/originated since March 5 till Tuesday, a release from Northern Railways said on Wednesday.
For Thursday, the railways have cancelled 52 trains, diverted one and short terminated/originated 28 trains. The cancellation has wreaked havoc among the passengers at the start of school vacation season and also those proceedings for various pilgrimages. The protestors had also blocked the Shakurbasti-Bathinda line, leading to diversion of traffic to Delhi-Ambala section.
Therefore, in order to enable movement of food grain and coal, the railways continued with the cancellation up to March 25 of five important passenger trains. These include New Delhi-Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi, Delhi-Sarai Rohilla-Kalka-Delhi-Sarai Rohilla Himalayan Queen, Allahabad-Chandigarh-Allahabad Unchaahar Express, Ambala-Srinagar-Ambala Intercity Express and Delhi Junction-Bhatinda-Delhi Junction Intercity Express, railways said.
A number of other mail/express trains running in the Northern region, including Delhi-Pathankot-Dauladhar-Express, Jammu-Jaipur-Express (between Delhi and Jaipur), besides a number of passenger trains from Hissar to various destinations including Jaipur, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Rewari, Sirsa and Jakhal would remain cancelled too, the release added.