Trains services on the Baramulla-Banihal railway track, which were disrupted due to heavy floods in Jammu & Kashmir, have been opened for the passengers. The deluge brought train services to the halt and claimed hundreds of lives, besides destroying many homes and some military bases in the region.
Now that the trains have started running, it would bring much relief to the inhabitants in commuting and resuming their business trips. Shabbir Sheikh, a regular passenger, said “We are happy with this as we can reach our destinations in time”.
According to sources, 75,000 people out of Srinagar’s total population of over a million are still living in partly submerged houses. The condition of roads in the entire Kashmir is also poor; they are filled with water and the wreckage & trash has become a common sight for locals.
Further extending the comfort to the residents, the fourth bridge on the River Tawi has also been reopened. Floods had damaged many bridges and connecting roads in the Jammu region, which led to heavy traffic chaos. With the reopening of the bridge, passengers will be able to save their time & money.
Jammu’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, said that the expert agencies will soon permanently fix the bridge. The agencies are also working on the detailed project which revolves around building walls to prevent the water from reaching the approach road.
He further added that the temporary work to restore the damaged bridges and roads is on a full swing and more than 80 percent of the work is completed.
Kashmir in India as well as Pakistan has witnessed the most brutal flood in the last 60 years. And it is Srinagar in particular among all cities in Kashmir that has been hard hit. Authorities suggest that the cost of damage in Jammu & Kashmir could be billions of dollars.
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