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Posted: Nov 18 2016 (14:53)

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Nov 17 2016 (18:11)   Railways loses Crores in Kashmir: NR GM - Northlines

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Northern Railways Wednesday completed the restoration work on damaged railway track from Budgam to Srinagar and according to officials train service from Srinagar to Budgam resumed from Thursday.  The repair work on the other railways tracks according to officials is in progress and within ten days rail service will be resumed in North and South Kashmir.
“The restoration work on damaged track from Srinagar to Budgam had been started earlier and on Wednesday Accidental Relief Train (ART) ran on tracks to assess the condition of the railway track,” General Manager Northern Railways A.K. Putia told news agency CNS adding that Railways suffered huge loss due to the damages and disruption in its services in Kashmir Valley.
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signal boxes, junction boxes, wiring and other infrastructure have been badly damaged during the present unrest here.
On Wednesday A.K. Putia General Manager Northern Railways, Sanjay Kishor Inspector General Railway Protection Force and other top officials inspected the railway tracks in Accidental Relief Train from Srinagar to Budgam. “A number of railway properties were damaged which forced the authorities to suspend train operations in the Valley since July 9. Since there is no train operation, its only source of income-the sale of tickets was also stopped. The Railways in Kashmir has been suffering huge revenue loss in operating trains. We have been spending nearly Rs 80 crore annually on operation and maintenance of rail operations here and in return earn meager income,” A.K. Putia said.
Responding to a question, he said that it will take at least ten days to restore Rail service in North and South Kashmir.
Railway Protection Force Association president Bashir Ahmed said that Railways here have suffered huge losses. He said that during unrest angry protesters attacked the railway installations at multiple places in south Kashmir including at Panjgam, Malangpora, Pampore and Hillar. The protesters at Kakapora attempted twice to set ablaze the local station.
Indian Railways, that runs a train service from south Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) to Baramulla in the north, had suspended all its operations on July 9 after Valley witnessed surge in violent incidents post Burhan Wani’s death.

  
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It is difficult to say whether IR actually lost money due to non operation of the passenger trains from Budgam to Srinagar. Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla project is likely to cost about 25000 crores at completion, i.e. at a cost which is 10 times the cost per km of normal track. With a few passenger trains running on the route right now, fare of which (ordinary unreserved second class/ season tickets) is a small fraction of the fare charged by the bus operators operating on the route. It is quite possible that IR may not be recovering the variable cost of operation of trains on the route through the passenger revenues. In that case operating the train is a bigger loss than not operating the train!
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of Konkan Railway is inflated by 25%(pax)/40%(Freight) in order to partly recover the high cost of construction, operation and maintenance, due to its hilly terrain. With the JUSB project, the terrain, cost as well as environment is much more tougher, even then the distance is not inflated. Probably Umbala-CDG section is also inflated(?). There should be a uniform policy regarding the inflation of distance which is equivalent to a surcharge. Such surcharge is also being levied since decades for the thane creek bridge on harbour line of Mumbai.

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