SRINAGAR: Northern Railway (NR) on Wednesday decided to resume train services for local commuters across Kashmir Valley from November 11. The services have remained suspended for over three months now following nullification of Article 370 on August 5.
A senior railway official said before resuming the services, a trial run would be done on November 10. Railway staff would assess the damage if any, caused to the tracks anywhere in the Valley during the past three months due to some incidents of stone-pelting or otherwise, he added.
According to the official, around 26 trains used to chug daily across the Valley from Banihal to Baramulla. There were around 1,000 railway employees and an equal number of security personnel involved in the operations, he said.
Senior officers of the Union territory administration, headed by Kashmir divisional commissioner (DC) Baseer Khan, SSP (Railways), chief controller (NR), senior divisional mechanical engineer (NR) and other officials concerned held a meeting wherein the date for resumption of train services was finalized.
The DC asked railway authorities to conduct track inspection within three days, to be followed by a trial run on November 10 and resumption of services the next day, the official said.
Train services for local commuters in the Valley had first started in 2009. Since then, the services spread to every nook and corner of Kashmir, catering to thousands of locals and government employees.

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