Amid surge in Covid19 cases, the authorities ordered suspension of the train services on the 137-kilometre Banihal- Baramulla rail line from Tuesday to May 16.
“Railway authorities have decided to suspend all operation in the Valley and all train service between Banihal to Baramulla section and vice versa. The service will remain suspended from May 11 to May 16 in view of worsening of Covid-19 situation in Kashmir,” the order stated.
Earlier, the rail service in the Valley had remained suspended for almost 11 months between March 2020 and February 2021 owing to the situation arising out of Covid-19. The resumption of the service in February this year had brought cheer to the travellers.
On Monday, hundreds of passengers could be seen flouting the Covid-19 SOPs by not maintaining the social distance at the railway platforms.
Pictures that went viral on social media showed people flouting guidelines during boarding and de-boarding. Many of the travellers could also be seen not wearing facemask properly.