Jammu Rly Stn flooded with non local labourers, students, tourists

People in a queue at Jammu Railway Station on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
People in a queue at Jammu Railway Station on Wednesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

*Stranded people shifted to respective places
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 7: Keeping in view prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, there is no end to the departure of non-local labourers and tourists with around 5000 more reaching Jammu Railway Station today for their onward journey to their respective States.
Most of these labourers were working in Kashmir valley and they reached Jammu as per the directives of the Government. But in Jammu too they found it difficult to meet the both ends in view of the restrictions and the prevailing situation has compelled them to leave for their respective States.
“I was working in the Valley for the past 15 years but never faced such situation”, Moham-mad Qasim from Bihar said while talking to the EXCELSIOR, adding “due to sudden directive of the Government large number of labourers could not even take due money from the contractors with whom they were working”.
“We pooled money to pay for the transportation charges from Kashmir to Jammu and now we have been left with no option but to leave for our State as there is no work in Jammu also in view of restrictions”, he further said.
Another labourer Promod Kumar of Uttar Pradesh, a mason also narrated the same fate and expressed that the situation at present is very disturbing in the State and worst than it was in 2016 when dreaded terrorist Burhan Wani was killed.
Apart from labourers, large number of pilgrims and students were also seen at Jammu Railway Station waiting for the trains to go back to their native places.
A student from Haryana Sunil Sharma, who is pursuing BEd in a private college in Jammu while talking to the Excelsior said, “I have no fear in Jammu, but my parents won’t allow me to be in Jammu anymore so I am going to my home”, adding “the people in Jammu are so much cooperative and peaceful, but being parents, they are concerned about my welfare”.
“We came hear to visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and after paying obeisance at the sacred shrine we were planning to visit Kashmir. As the situation is not favorable, we are going back to home”, said a group of tourists from Gujarat.
Raj Kumar Sharma, one of the pilgrims of Buddha Amarnath said, “We were lucky as we left just on time and managed to get reservation. Sharma said that there is a huge rush in Jammu and people are waiting for return reservations. It is very difficult to get reservations from here, he added.
During visit to Jammu Bus Stand, few people including non-local labourers were found stranded, who later shifted to Jammu Railway Station so that they can reach their native places. Some of the people hailing from Rajouri and Poonch, who were stranded at Bus Stand Jammu, were also transported to their respective places.
Sources in GRP Jammu said that they are facilitating the stranded people during their brief stay at Jammu Railway Station before traveling to their native places.
Railway authorities are doing their best for ensuring that these stranded people may reach to their native places, sources said, adding that Railway Authorities are attaching extra boggies with the trains to shift the stranded people to their respective areas.
Today around 4000 stranded people were sent from Jammu and Udhampur Railway Stations. For the purpose, sources said, two special trains from Jammu to Darbanga were run.