5 trains from Jammu remain cancelled, traffic restored on JRC-PTKC Section

Passengers waiting at Jammu Railway Station as 5 trains remain cancelled on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Passengers waiting at Jammu Railway Station as 5 trains remain cancelled on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Nishikant Khajuria
JAMMU, Nov 18: Even as train traffic was restored this evening following lifting of blockade by agitating farmers near Dasuya on Jalandhar-Pathankot Section, five trains from Jammu to different destinations remained cancelled today thus resulting into much inconvenience to the commuters for the second consecutive day.
Hemkund Express from Katra to Rishikesh, Uttar Sampark Kranti from Katra to Delhi, Shalimar Express from Jammu Tawi to Delhi, Pooja Express from Jammu to Old Delhi and AC Special from Udhampur to Old Delhi remained cancelled as these trains had not reached their destinations here this morning.
Due to cancellation of these trains, hundreds of commuters could not reach their destinations and either had to arrange for some other alternative for transportation or abandon their journey.
However, Shalimar Express from Jammu Tawi to Delhi and Gareeb Rath from Jammu Tawi to Kar Godam in Uttaranchal, which had been earlier announced to be cancelled, were restored.
Station Manager, Jammu Tawi, Ajay Gupta told the Excelsior that the track was clear at 19.35 hours and had been declared fit at 19.50 hrs, this evening. First train (No. 14034) passed from Dasuya on proper route about 20.45 hrs.
While Gareeb Rath from Jammu Tawi took off at its right time 23.15 hrs, the Shalimar Express was delayed for half an hour for convenience of the commuters, who were earlier informed about its cancellation, the Station Manager said.
After lifting of the day-long blockade by agitating farmers near Dasuya on Jalandhar-Pathankot Section, 11 trains to and from Jammu, which were earlier announced to be diverted via Pathankot-Amritsar-Jalandhar and Jalandhar-Amritsar-Pathankot Section, were also restored to proper route.
Similarly, all the trains, which were earlier short terminated and short originated, were also announced to run on proper route upto proper destination.
Earlier, 11 trains were announced to be diverted, six short terminated and seven short originated .
Pertinent to mention that under the banner of the Sugarcane Struggle Committee, Dasuya, Bharti Kisan Union, Doaba, Lok Bhalai Insaf Welfare Society and Majha Struggle Committee, farmers of Punjab laid siege to the national highway and blocked the rail traffic too since yesterday. The blockade started at 10 am yesterday and continued till this evening. Demanding revised sugar cost, they obstructed the Jalandhar-Jammu rail route near Garna Sahib. All up and down trains on the route were stuck and finally diverted to Jalandhar or Pathankot.
Yesterday, 13 Jammu trains were cancelled and 12 others were diverted while short termination and short origination was ordered for the seven each trains thus causing great inconvenience to thousands of commuters, including Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrims.