Railways Faces ₹ 2,400 Crore Losses Due To Farmers’ Protest, Says Official

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The Indian Railways has suffered losses of around ₹ 2,400 crore due to the ongoing farmers’ protests against the farm laws at various places in Punjab, said Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal.

“Currently, a section of Railways between Beas and Amritsar has been blocked. We are using an alternate route that passes through Tarn Taran district. But, we are not able to run as many trains as required because this is a long section and having less capacity. Our estimate of the loss is around ₹ 2,400 crore,” Mr Gangal said.

“We have cancelled two trains. Three trains have been short terminated and seven have been diverted towards Tarn Taran. Freight trains have also been affected as they are taking time due to diversion caused by the farmers” protest,” he added.

“Currently, a section of Railways between Beas and Amritsar has been blocked. We are using an alternate route that passes through Tarn Taran district. But, we are not able to run as many trains as required because this is a long section and having less capacity. Our estimate of the loss is around ₹ 2,400 crore,” Mr Gangal said.

“We have cancelled two trains. Three trains have been short terminated and seven have been diverted towards Tarn Taran. Freight trains have also been affected as they are taking time due to diversion caused by the farmers” protest,” he added.

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