Jat agitation leads to cancellation of 65 trains

Last Updated: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 00:19

New Delhi: As many as 65 trains were
cancelled today and 31 short terminated due to the ongoing Jat
agitation with Railways pegging the loss due to continuing
disruption of rail movement at over Rs 100 crore.

Five pairs of trains, which were cancelled since March
22, to facilitate additional coal rake movement to power
plants in Haryana facing depleting coal stock, was today
extended by another two days.

"Since still there are large number of pending indents
of food grains and quantity of coal available with power house
is precarious, further extension of cancellation of trains was
required," said a Railway official.

The Jat agitation which has blocked
Shakurbasti-Bathinda line of Northern Railway has led to
diversion of traffic to Delhi-Ambala section, choaking the
line and causing decreased supply of power house rakes and has
hampered foodgrain movement.

The Jat agitation on Delhi-Bathinda section of
Northern Railway and on Bikaner and Jaipur Division of North
Western Railway has swelled railways losses to over Rs 100
crore now, the official said.

Some of the trains cancelled today included New
Delhi-Ajmer-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, New
Delhi-Ahmedabad-New Delhi Rajdhani Express,
Delhi-Sriganganagar-Delhi Intercity express,
Delhi-Pathankot-Delhi Dhauladhar Express, Delhi Sarai
Rohilla-Sriganganagar AC Express among others.

The official said that as per conservative estimate,
Railways are losing Rs five crore per day due to the
cancellation and short termination.

Railways have already announced cancellation of 76
trains and diversion of 32 tomorrow due to the agitation.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 00:19

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