Railways indecision makes commuters suffer

Commuters using railway service Tuesday had to face lot of inconvenience in absence of proper information about the train operations.
Railways indecision makes commuters suffer
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Commuters using railway service Tuesday had to face lot of inconvenience in absence of proper information about the train operations. 

Official sources said the police authorities had suggested against operating the trains on Tuesday apprehending law and order problems in the wake of shutdown call by Hurriyat (G). "But the northern railway decided against the recommendation," the officials said.

However, due to the poor coordination between the two departments, the commuters were put to lot of inconvenience. "While some commuters had to cancel their trips, others had to be content with travelling only up to halfway."

"There was no word from the railways whether the trains shall operate or not. This created a lot of confusion among the commuters," Muhammad Asif of Sopore said. 

He said many commuters intended to book tickets up to Anantnag, Qazigund or Banihal but the railway officials at the last moment informed that the trains shall go only up to Budgam station.

"They should have made such announcement in the morning on radio or through some other medium. But they informed the commuters at booking time that the trains shall go only to Budgam station instead of Banihal," Asif said.

Chief Area Manager (CAM) northern railways, Atul Kumar Jain blamed the civil administration and Police for taking late night decision to suspend the train services for today.

"They decided it at 12:30 in the night and in the morning hours our staff and passengers had reached the stations which forced us to run the trains. However, since we had to implement the government orders we ran the trains only up to Budgam station," he said.

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