Train service suspended in Kashmir

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Srinagar, Mar 19: Train service was suspended on Thursday in Kashmir in view of the situation emerged due to spread of Coronavirus which has affected several countries across the world. According to an order issued by railway authorities, in view of the spread of coronavirus apprehensions in the valley as a precautionary measure, the Banihal to Baramulla and vice versa rail services will remain suspended with immediate effect till March 31, 2020. So far four positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. Meanwhile, authorities placed restrictions on the movement of people in several areas of Srinagar and Budgam districts as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease. For the last two days, authorities have invoked strict measures to ensure that people flying in from outside must stay in quarantine, either at home or in a government facility. On Wednesday, almost a half a dozen busloads who had flown in from Leh were driven to some facility after a long drama at the Srinagar airport. Authorities denied reports that one passenger flying from Leh is yesterday flight was symptomatic. Already a number of students who were evacuated from Iran have been shifted to a quarantine facility in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Though their number is not known, sources said it has a good number from Jammu and Kashmir.