Mini buses start plying in Srinagar
SRINAGAR, Nov 11: Mini buses began plying on some routes in the city today while Railways conducted two successful trial runs on the Srinagar-Baramulla stretch ahead of resumption of the train service tomorrow, officials said.
The train service has been suspended since 5 August when the Centre decided to abrogate Article 370.
A railway official said that Railways conducted the trial run of the service for the first time in over three months since the shutdown in the valley.
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“The train service on Srinagar-Baramulla stretch will resume tomorrow (Tuesday), while Srinagar-Banihal train service will resume in a few days after checking the track safety and conducting trial runs,” he said.
The Railways conducted two successful trial runs on the stretch today after conducting a thorough safety audit of the line.
Train services in the valley were suspended on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile State into two Union Territories.
Officials said that today few mini-buses plied on Batwara-Batamaloo route through the city centre for the first time since 5 August today.
Inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws also plied in the city and elsewhere in the valley, they added.
The officials said private transport was plying unhindered and several areas of the city witnessed traffic jams.
The Traffic Department has deployed additional personnel on duty to regulate traffic flow.
Markets opened only for few hours in the morning and downed their shutters around noon, the officials said. (PTI)