New Delhi: Indian Railways has restored train services for thousands of local commuters to travel by train over the entire area between Baramulla to Banihal (138 km). The decision to re-start the train services in Kashmir valley was taken after due security audits and assurance by Government Railway Police, Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
Recently, on 7 November, due to heavy snow fall, the railway tracks were covered under snow with thickness of 20 to 45 cm. Rail snow cutting machines were pressed into service to clear snow over railway tracks. The Srinagar-Baramulla section and Srinagar-Banihal section were cleared before permitting safe operation on railways.
Accordingly, inspection and trial runs were undertaken between Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Section on 10 November, and between Srinagar-Banihal section on 16 November.
A limited passenger service of two pairs of Trains between Srinagar-Baramulla was commenced at 45 kmph between 10:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs w.e.f. 12 November. Later, two pairs of train services were allowed to operate between Srinagar-Banihal Section w.e.f. 17 November, at 45 kmph.
Now, train services are operational between 08:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. Further, the section has been restored to its normal speed of 100 kmph. A total of 16 services are presently running. The first train starts at 08:05 Hrs and all train services terminate at 17:00 hrs.
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