Four days, so far, of the Jat agitation for reservation have cost the Railways almost Rs 100 crore after the blockade across Haryana affected 206 trains.
Nearly 100 trains were cancelled and 70 diverted, as Jats occupied the railway tracks, a railway official has said. More than 10 passenger trains running from Delhi to Ferozepur, Bhiwani, Jind, and Jakhal were cancelled in Rohtak because of the 50-hour obstruction at Ismaila.
Trains running from Jind and Panipat to Rohtak were stopped near Gohana after the protesters uprooted the tracks.
The passengers stranded at various railway stations are running out of resources. “It has been two days since our train to Jhansi was cancelled. There is no other way to leave the city. Survival at the railway station is becoming tougher,” said traveller Sunita Kalsan. She is stuck in Rohtak. Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad and Jind routes shut, Haryana Roadways has also taken a hit. Its accounts officer at the Rohtak depot put the daily losses at about Rs 15 lakh, while his counterparts in other cities reported it to be Rs 12 lakh.
The Makroli toll barrier on the Gohana-Rohtak road collected Rs 20,000 on Tuesday against its average collection of Rs 13 lakh. The collection decreased further on Wednesday after the Jat protest intensified. Collection at the new toll plaza on the National Highway-10 near Sampla, too, declined, owing to its proximity to the main protest site.
The Haryana Dairy Development Co- operation plant in Rohtak, which collects 1.5 lakh litres of milk every day from six districts, received no feed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Delhi may also go into milk and vegetable shortage soon, as the Haryana-Delhi railway link for supply remained blocked on the second day on Tuesday.