Railways have decided to resume rail services both passenger and freight in
the border state of Punjab from November 24 nealy two months after they had
suspended the service on the ground they cannot operate the services when the
tracks are occupied by the agitating kisans
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal 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.
The industry in the
state has suffered a loss of around rs 40,000 crores
"Passengers, farmers, and industries will be benefited by the removal
of the impasse in train operations," he added. The industry in the state
has suffered a loss of around rs 40,000 crores since their products could not
reach the Ports in Gujarat for exports. The containers were stranded in the
state when the railways decided to suspend the services.
acceding to CM’s appeal announced complete lifting of the rail blockade from
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.
The breakthrough could not be achieved since both the railway and the
agitating kisans stuck to their stand. While the Kisan unions urged the
railways to run the freight trains and later the passenger services the
railways stuck to their stand that they will both the services together. Now
the Kisan union have blinked following the intervention of the state chief
minister captain Amrinder singh and suspended the agitation over the passage of
the kisan law by both the houses of parliament in september this year.
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.