Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 30
Even before the Railways could normalise the schedule of trains in the region in the aftermath of the verdict on Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, many trains were today again cancelled for operational reasons after heavy rains in Maharashtra.
Northern Railway cancelled many trains. Some of them directly concerning the city were Nanded Amritsar express, Amritsar Saharsa Jansadharan express, Sachkhand, Amritsar Visakhapatnam Hirakund express besides Jammu Tawi Tata Nagar Muri Express via Amritsar.
Passengers were highly inconvenienced due to continuous cancellation of trains, upsetting their itinerary and even family life.
Sachkhand is the only direct rail link between Amritsar, the seat of Akal Takht, and Nanded, the seat of Takht Hazur Sahib. However, this link remained snapped and railway officials anticipate that the train movement may take some days to normalise.
A migrant, Santosh Kumar, said he was to travel back to his village in Chappra district of Bihar to attend a family emergency. However, his repeated efforts did not bear any result. First, trains were cancelled due to the dera row and then he could not get a berth in the trains leaving for Bihar due to overcrowding during the past two days. Now, again the trains were cancelled, he lamented.
An industrialist, PL Seth, said snapping of the rail link would cause them further losses. He said trade and industry were already grappling with one problem after another. First, they suffered a jolt due to the imposition of the GST, then the dera verdict row and now the floods in different parts of the country.
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