Srinagar/Feb,1:Chairman Peoples Democratic Front ( PDF )Hakeem Mohmmad Yaseen has strongly demanded restoration of train service from Banihal to Baramulla and vice versa, which remains suspended from March last year, in the wake of Coronovirus pandemic .
“Now that government has declared all the 20 districts of the JK Union Territory as Green zones and opened all educational institutions , cinemas and restaurants, there was mo reason to keep rail service between Baramulla to Banihal and vice versa continuously suspended, ” Hakeem said adding that common people especially commuters face tremendous hardships due to continued suspension of the rail service. He has urged the government to resume the rail service without any further delay for convenience of the people. He said rail service between Baramulla to Banihal has proved very convenient as it was cheap and time saving as compared to other means of surface transport like mini- buses , tata sumos and taxis. He has urged the Center to complete construction of Katra- Banihal portion of the Jammu- Baramulla railway track on war footing basis.
Hakeem also urged both the central and as well as J&K Government to utilize all the available resources and modern technologies for completing four- lanning of Srinagar- Jammu highway on emergency basis . He said present dilapidated condition of this highway has made it unpredictable as it remains frequently closed thereby putting the passengers,transporters, traders and businessmen to tremendous hardships besides causing shortage of essential commodities in Kashmir and Ladalh divisions. He said Kashmir highway serves as the life line and the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the country so the governments at Centre and Jammu & Kashmir should ensure completion of it’s four lanning at the earliest.