New Delhi: Indian Railways has suffered a loss of Rs.56 crore due to damage to Railway property, cancellation of 2,314 trains and ticket cancellations during the recent maniac agitation for reservations by Jat community in Haryana. Likewise, due to Kapu stir for reservation status in Andhra, Railways suffered a loss of Rs.41 Crore – thus totalling a total loss of Rs.97 Crore as a whole due to agitation for reservations status by certain communities in the country.
Replying to questions in Lok Sabha, the Railway Minister said during the period of active agitation from February 12-24, a total of 2,134 trains (1,033 Mail/Express and 1,101 passenger) were fully cancelled and 259 Mail/ Express trains were diverted.
In addition to this, 430 trains (229 Mail/ Express and 201 passenger) were partially cancelled. This has resulted in huge loss to Indian Railways to a tune of Rs.55.92 Crore.
“The total loss suffered by Railways on account of damage to property and cancellation of tickets during the recent Jat agitation is about Rs 55.92 crore,” he replied to a question in Lok Sabha.
The Kapu agitation that took a violent turn in Andhra cost the Indian Railways loss of a whopping Rs 41 crore with the Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachal Express being set on fire by agitators near Tuni station. The entire train including a brand new locomotive was burnt down to ashes.
There was no negligence on the part of Railway Protection Force, he said, adding there is no mechanism in Railways for recovery of damage from those who indulged in riots, arson and looting or damage to public property.
Prabhu said policing on Railways was a state subject and crime prevention, registration of cases, their investigation in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the state police which they discharge through Government Railway Police of the state concerned.
However, Railway Protection Force supplements the efforts of GRP by deploying their staff to escort important trains in affected areas and for access control duties at important and sensitive railway stations.