Railways to conduct Trial Run on Banihal and Baramulla section ahead of resuming services

The security and railway officials will be present during the trial run. “No mischievous element can stop this trial run. Keeping security arrangements in mind, the exact route of train between Banihal and Baramulla section has been not disclosed.

JAMMU: Indian Railways will on Monday start a trial run of a train service between Banihal and Baramulla. The services in the region were stopped soon after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“On November 11, there will be train trial run in the Valley for resuming the train services between Banihal to Baramulla,” railways officials told ANI.

The security and railway officials will be present during the trial run. “No mischievous element can stop this trial run. Keeping security arrangements in mind, the exact route of train between Banihal and Baramulla section has been not disclosed. So that everything goes smoothly,” the Railways officials said.

“If everything goes well, the train services can be restored in the Valley from November 12,” the officials informed.

The move from the Indian Railways is coming over three months after it was suspended in view of the abrogation of Article 370 which had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh came into existence on October 31.

The railway official added that even though train services from Srinagar to Baramulla have resumed today, services till Banihal will be started at a later stage. The track inspection and the trial runs till the Banihal route will be conducted later.

According to the Railway Ministry, the details of train numbers and timings of services between Srinagar-Baramulla starting from November 12, 2019 are as follows:

  • Train number 74619 will depart from Srinagar from 10:05 AM and will arrive Baramulla at 11:45 AM
  • Train number 74618 will depart from Baramulla at 11:55 AM, and will arrive Srinagar at 1:40 PM
  • Train number 74637 will depart from Srinagar at 11:10 AM and will arrive Baramulla at 12:55 PM
  • Train number 74640 will depart from Baramulla at 1:05 PM and will arrive Srinagar at 2:45 PM

An official spokesperson was quoted in a recent PTI report saying that the railway authorities had been directed by the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan to conduct railway track inspection within this week. According to the report, the train service from Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in south Kashmir was suspended on August 5, 2019.

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