The railways has suffered a lack of Rs 1,670 crore in freight earnings alone because of the farmers’ agitation in Punjab which have continued for over 50 days now, ensuing within the cancellation of 1,986 passenger providers and three,090 items trains to the area, sources mentioned on Monday.
Train providers remained suspended within the state with the railways rejecting a proposal of the protesters to renew solely items trains. The nationwide transporter suffers an estimated each day lack of Rs 36 crore in freight earnings because of the suspension of providers, sources mentioned.
From October 1 to November 15, the railways’ freight loading suffered losses as a consequence of cancellations of trains and lots of trains carrying necessities for Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir being stranded simply exterior Punjab.
As many as 520 rakes of coal couldn’t be delivered to the 5 energy crops in Punjab, resulting in a lack of Rs 550 crore to the railways, they mentioned.
Other cancelled items trains embrace 110 rakes of metal (resulting in an estimated lack of Rs 120 crore), 170 rakes of cement (lack of Rs 100 crore), 90 rakes of clinker (lack of Rs 35 crore), 1,150 rakes of foodgrains (lack of Rs 550 crore), 270 rakes of fertiliser (lack of Rs 140 crore) and 110 rakes containing petroleum, oil and lubricants (lack of Rs 40 crore), they mentioned.
Around 600 containers with numerous varieties of products meant for the area have additionally been cancelled which have led to a lack of round Rs 120 crore and the suspension of 70 extra items rakes prompted lack of Rs 15 crore.
“While 3,090 goods trains have been cancelled so far, the losses are around Rs 1,670 crore on freight loading alone. We have also cancelled, short-terminated and diverted 1,986 passenger trains so far,” a supply within the railway ministry mentioned.
Goods trains haven’t entered Punjab for one-and-a-half months now, besides for 2 days in late October, resulting in a scarcity of important items, together with fertiliser wanted for wheat sowing and coal provides for thermal crops.
The agitating farmers say they’ve vacated the tracks, however some protesters continued to occupy a couple of stations.
The railways has maintained that for resumption of providers, it wants 100 per cent assure from the state authorities that no trains will probably be disrupted and each passenger and freight trains be allowed to function.
The farmers, nevertheless, have mentioned that whereas they are going to enable items trains, they are going to take no assure for passenger trains.
The farmers are protesting three farm sector legal guidelines enacted by the central authorities not too long ago.
Train providers within the state have remained suspended since September 24 when farmer organisations organised protests on tracks and station premises towards the farm legal guidelines.
The three farm legal guidelines — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 — have been enacted not too long ago.
Farmers’ our bodies protesting towards the legal guidelines have expressed apprehension that these would pave the way in which for the dismantling of the minimal assist value system, leaving them on the “mercy” of huge company entities. They demand that the legal guidelines be withdrawn.
The Centre has asserted that these new legal guidelines will probably be useful for farmers and can improve their revenue.
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