Indian Railways is restarting train operations in Punjab from today! After farmers in Punjab suspended their agitation against the contentious farm laws for 15 days, the national transporter has decided to resume train services from 23 November 2020.
The Northern Railway zone has announced that a tentative plan for the restoration of train services has already been formulated. As per the zonal railways’ plan, from 23 November 2020, freight train services will start running with a maximum speed of 60 km per hour in view of safety and security considerations. The plan of Northern Railways is subject to track safety clearances, according to an IE report. From the evening of 23 November 2020 till 29 November 2020, the national transporter is looking to run 17 pairs of trains as per the schedule.
On Friday, Indian Railways had insisted that that train services through the state of Punjab would resume only after assurance of security to all trains is provided by the state government. On Friday, the unprecedented stoppage of all train services in the state of Punjab completed its 56th day.
Since farmers in Punjab began a protest in the month of September against the central government’s new farm laws, a total of 2,352 passenger trains have been cancelled or diverted.