Protesting Punjab farmers dictating phrases, not vacating tracks: Railway Board Chairman

Ajay Banerjee 

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 7

Railway Board Chairman and CEO RK Yadav on Saturday said protesting farmers were yet to vacate rail tracks, platforms and circulation areas near railway stations.

There were 22 such spots in the state and the Punjab Government had to give security clearance before operations could resume, he said. The tracks that were vacated on Friday are undergoing maintenance and inspection.

Amid the blockades, coal rakes and supplies of fertilisers and essentials for the troops in Jammu Kashmir have been held back.

The Punjab Government had on Friday assured that tracks were open for goods trains, said Yadav. “It’s operationally unfeasible for the Railways to function like this. What type of trains can run on a track is the decision of the Railways,” he said.

The services had to resume for all operations, said Yadav at a virtual press conference. He said the Railways was trying to work out a solution with the Punjab Government.

The protesters, meanwhile, have been hinting that they would stall passenger trains and allow only goods trains.

“The agitators have been trying to dictate what goods can be lifted and what stations can be serviced. The Railways cannot operate like this. We have been in touch with state the government since October 24,” added Yadav.

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