Railway appeals to people to refrain from agitations

New Delhi: Disruption of rail traffic due to Public agitations causes huge loss of revenue to railways besides public inconvenience. On Friday, railway has appealed to general public to refrain from agitations as it cause great inconvenience to the rail passengers and huge loss to the railways as well.

In 2011, Firozpur Division alone had to bear a loss of Rs 2.6 crore approximately due to Jat agitation in Punjab and Jammu Kashmir states only.

Due to agitation over Delhi Division on August 25, the 14311 Bareilly-Bhuj Ala Hazrat Express and 12916 Delhi Jn.- Ahmedabad Ashram Express trains suffered detention for 222 minutes, 19566 Dehradun-Okha Uttaranchal Express for 98 minutes, 12986 Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Jaipur Double Decker Express was regulated for 80 minutes, 14369 Singrauli- Bareilly Triveni Express for 65 minutes, 22212 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ajmer Duronto Express for 170 minutes and 22471 Bikaner-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Intercity was regulated for 135 minutes and a number of passenger trains had to be short terminated or cancelled causing immense inconvenience to rail passengers.

Similarly a group of about 40 ex.servicemen gathered near rail track between Butari and Beas stations on Firozpur Division on August 26 to raise their agitation for one rank one pension. As a result, 12029 New Delhi- Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi Express and 14650 Amritsar- Jayanagar Saru Yamuna Express suffered detention which caused great inconvenience to the rail passengers.

The recent Telangana-Samaikhyaandhra agitation also disrupted the movement of trains thereby causing a huge loss to South Central Railway.

Terming such agitations are socially and economically impacting the society and country at large, Lucknow High Court has issued the orders against these kinds of activities leading disruption to rail traffic which do not only cause inconvenience and hardships to the traveling public but also huge loss of revenue to the nation. According to the order, whoever is caught involved in such activities and damaging railway property will be severely punished.