The week-long rail roko protest by farmers affected over 1,200 trains of the Ferozepur and Ambala divisions. The Railways has said that it will take at least 10 days before its services returned to normal in the state.
The farmers called off their stir on Tuesday. The stir, described as the “worst ever” to hit the state, is estimated to have cost the Railways over Rs 150 crore. The service has had to refund passengers who could not go ahead with their journey and change routes which used up extra fuel.
“It will take at least 10 days to restore full normalcy in train movement following the lifting of rail blockade by farmers today,” Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Anuj Prakash said.
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The Railways has decided to take up the matter with the Punjab government. “Railways at least should be spared from protests. I will have a meeting with officials of the Punjab government and ask them not to allow farmers’ outfits to stop trains,” he said.
[With PTI inputs]