Rail service in Valley totally restored



Srinagar: The rail service in Kashmir Valley has been completely restored with the reconnection of Baramulla and Sopore stations in north Kashmir with rest of the line.

"The service to Baramulla and Sopore stations have been restored. Whatever the security needs, these have been implemented," Senior Superintendent of Police (Railways) Showkat Ahmad Malik said to a news agency.

Police had earlier said it had deployed additional police forces and mobile patrols to secure the rail lines in the Valley.

Rail services in the Valley were suspended in July last year when protestors went on a rampage and burnt down a railway station in north Kashmir's Sopore town and damaged the railway yard in central Kashmir's Budgam district.

Railway tracks and signal systems were also damaged during the summer protests last year bringing to a halt rail traffic in the Valley.

The service was resumed in December 2010 from Budgam district to Qazigund station in south Kashmir, and to Hamre in Pattan area of north Kashmir early this year after the repair work was completed and security beefed up.

Rail services in Kashmir Valley were inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi in 2008.

PTI