Kashmir Indepth

‘Internet Express’, a train that land Kashmiris in communication zone

Three times more rush than normal in train that plies from Sgr to Banihal

Srinagar, Jan 09 : The continuous internet suspension in the Valley has tripled the rush of passengers in Kashmir’s train services that chugs from Baramulla to Banihal regularly.

According to the wire service—, witnesses said that the train in Kashmir is accommodating three times more amid the continuous internet services in Kashmir.

They said that most of passengers from Kashmir visit Banihal and other places to use internet services. The broadband internet service in Jammu is working while mobile internet services are suspended.

Witnesses said that the people from Kashmir via train reach Banihal where nearly a dozen internet cafes are functional. “The people including businessmen and students visit Banihal via train and return home after using the internet services.

The rush of people in internet cafes there remain all-time high, which increased after the resumption of train services in Kashmir. The train services in Kashmir remained suspended for more than three months due to security reasons since August 5, when the government in centre abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (Article 370) and bifurcated the erstwhile State into two Union Territories—Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

An official in the Railway told

that the rush of passengers has increased manifold following the resumption of train services in Kashmir post August 5. “We are witnessing a huge number of passengers on regular basis here. Even the intake capacity is twice less than what train accommodates regularly,” he said. (KNO)

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