Srinagar-Banihal rail service to restore soon

Srinagar: Repair work of damaged infrastructure was going on a war footing to restore rail service between Srinagar and Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir, which was suspended following the devastating floods.
“Our engineers are working on war footing to restore the damaged lines and other infrastructure between Srinagar and Anantnag and we are hopeful of restarting the service at the earliest,” a senior officer of the Northern Railways said.
Declining to set the exact date for the restart of the service, the officer, however, said, “We are expecting to run a dry run of the train on the route soon after the track is repaired and communication lines restored”.
He said the railways suffered huge losses during the recent floods which damaged the track at dozens of places between Kakapora and Anantnag in south Kashmir and led to suspension of the service.
“It is premature to say the exact figure of the losses suffered by the railways. We are assessing the losses,” the officer said.
The rail service in Kashmir Valley was suspended on September 7 following the worst-ever floods in a century which left a trail of death and devastation across the state.
The flood waters damaged the railway track at dozens of places, mostly in south Kashmir, besides washing away a portion of 100-feet embankment of the track near Kakapora in Pulwama district.
On September 15, the Railways partially resumed train service between Srinagar and north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after restoring the damaged tracks.


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