PAMPORE: The passengers traveling in trains between Banihal and Baramulla are aghast over the lack of proper maintenance of the train bogeys. They say that the trains chug without window panes in the bogeys despite chilling weather conditions.
The passengers including students, government and private sector employees and patients told Kashmir Reader that they have to brave the freezing temperatures as the gushing winds enter the train.
“I am working at a department in Srinagar and have to reach my workplace by 10:30 am. I leave at 8:30 in the morning when there is chilling temperature and it gets colder when we board the train,” Ghulam Ahmad, a resident of south Kashmir’s Qazigund area said. He said when he reaches office, his legs barely support him and by the time he reaches office he clings to heater.
The passengers also told Kashmir Reader that most of the seats in the train have been torn off by some miscreants and the seats have not been repaired till now.
Chief Area Manager of Northern Railway Kashmir, Hari Mohan told Kashmir Reader that windowpanes have been installed in five rakes out of six which ply on the track and the remaining one would soon be installed with window glass.
“We have repaired five out of six rakes but the question remains, who breaks these windows? Obviously, passengers,” he said, adding that the passengers in the valley have yet not realized that the train is a public property and damage to it may cause inconvenience to themselves only.
He also said that the seats in valley trains are of Air Conditioner 2 tier facilities and of the standard of country’s top most trains, but due to irrational behavior of passengers, they seats have been ruined.
He further said that the maintenance is impossible if we rely on the revenue that the trains in valley generate.
“The total daily expenditure is worth lakhs and the revenue from the trains in valley is just Rs 2.5 lac a day,” he said, adding that Northern Railways was doing its best to keep the railway service intact despite huge losses.