Railways suffer Rs 7-cr loss in Valley
Northern Railways have suffered loss of over Rs 7 crores because of suspended operations in Valley since July.india Updated: Oct 06, 2010 08:22 IST
Northern Railways have suffered loss of over Rs 7 crores because of suspended operations in Valley since July. Revenue loss is of over Rs 2-cr and damages to the extent of Rs 5-cr.
Protesting mobs in valley have done extensive damages to the railway property.
Railways service on 120-km Baramulla-Qazigund track are suspended after Sopore railway station was set on fire by protestors on July 30.
Railways have been running five pairs (up and down) of trains along this track daily. On an average 6,000 passengers would daily commute by trains. Railways were earning daily income of Rs 60,000-Rs 70,000.
“Railways have suffered heavy losses both on account of revenue and property. We are trying our best to operationlise it but unfortunate incident on Friday would further delay our operation,” Chief Area Manager (Srinagar) Opinder Singh told HT over phone from Srinagar.
The minimum and maximum railway ticket is Rs 4 and Rs 22 respectively, which is far cheaper than private transport.
On 60-km Qazigund-Srinagar route, railway tariff is Rs 12 which private mini taxi operators charge about Rs 60 per passenger. The maximum passenger load is on 50-km Anantnag-Srinagar track.
“It’s very cheap and comfortable way of travel that’s why there was huge rush,” said Opinder Singh.
Railways suffered Rs 2 cr damages when Sopore railway station was set on fire and suffered losses of Rs 1 crore because of the damages to engineering equipments and signals. An additional Rs 1 crore loss because of the damages to electrical equipment, furniture and some other items was suffered by the railway.
Stone throwers attacked railway staff while doing repairing job at Bagh-e-Mehtab station near Srinagar on Sept 29. Railway authorities have now decided to reach out to locals to take them in confidence in doing repair job and project railways as peoples property.
A meeting in this regard was held today in Srinagar in which it was decided to involve district administration which will be entrusted with this responsibility of educating people.
“Railways are peoples’ property. It’s providing service to the locals and they must understand it,” said Opinder.
Railway service was inaugurated in three phases. 68-km Anantnag-Mazhoom track was inaugurated on Oct 11 2008. 31-km Baramullah-Mazhom and 18-km Anantnag-Qazigund tracks were set operational on Feb 14 and Oct 29 2008.