Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that the Indian Railways is going to commence services from and through Punjab as the farmer unions have announced complete lifting of blockades.
“After the postponement of the farmer movement on railway tracks and stations in Punjab from November 23, Indian Railways is going to start rail services from and through Punjab,” Goyal tweeted.
“Passengers, farmers, and industries will be benefited by the removal of the impasse in train operations,” he added.
The development comes two days after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh succeeded in breaking the imbroglio over the suspension of train services in the state, with the farmer unions acceding to his appeal and announcing complete lifting of the rail blockade from November 23.
The decision to lift the rail blockade, imposed by the farmers in protest against the Centre’s laws, was announced by Bharti Kissan Union (Rajewal) at a meeting with the Chief Minister.
India woke up on September 25 with farmers up in arms across the nation against the contentious Agri Bills passed in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Northern Railways has decided to run 17 trains in Punjab and J&K after a gap of nearly two months. The train services were halted due to the farmers’ agitation.
The officials of the Railways said that they have drawn up a tentative plan to restore 17 mail and express trains for the Punjab region and J&K from November 24 onwards. The rail roko agitation of the farmers is likely to be lifted by today evening.
“The plan is subject to track safety, clearance to be received by respective divisions from associated state government and security units,” the restoration plan prepared by Northern Railways stated.
“A total of 17 trains will be restored, including eight for the Punjab area and nine for Jammu and Katra,” it added.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Aggarwal, Divisional Manager of the Railways posted at Ferozepur, has stated that they were ready to restore the rail services once the railway tracks were cleared and adequate security arrangements were checked by the railway authorities. t was learnt that the maximum speed limit of the trains for few days will be 60 km per hour due to security concerns.