Rail passengers feel heat of farmers’ stir

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 11:38 IST

Passengers were at the receiving end as all trains on the New Delhi-Amritsar route had to be either cancelled or rescheduled due to farmers’ protest at Jandiala on Monday.

Trains, including the New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi and Shan-e-Punjab Express could not reach the Amritsar railway station. The Amritsar-Chandigarh Express was also cancelled.

The Amritsar railway station witnessed chaotic scenes. The passengers had no option but to wait for trains for hours. They approached the railway authorities repeatedly for updates, but had to return disappointed.
In the evening, the authorities announced that the Shaan-e-Punjab Express and the New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi would depart from the Beas railway station. The Delhi-bound passengers at Amritsar had no other option but to travel 40km by road to catch the trains at Beas.

Train services crippled in Barnala

BARNALA : Train services in the city were paralysed on Monday as activists of farmers’ unions began a ‘rail roko’ agitation on the Ambala-Bathinda track in support of their demand for speedy wheat procurement and lifting. Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), Kisan Sangharsh Committee (Satnam Pannu), Kisan Sangharsh Committee (Kamalpreet Pannu) participated in the stir. Shingara Singh Mann (BKU-Ugrahan) demanded `500 per quintal due to lower output of wheat.

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