Train Operations Resume In Kashmir8 March 2011
Srinagar: Train services in Nowgam area of Kashmir Valley were resumed on Tuesday after a railway track blown in a blast by militants on Monday night, was speedily repaired, officials said. The railway engineers began the restoration work on the damaged track in the wee hours on Tuesday to ensure that the rail operations were not affected, they said. The restoration work was completed in time to allow the trains to ply between Srinagar and Qazigund in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, the officials said. Militants on Monday night blew up a two-meter section of the railway track at Soothoo in Nowgam area in the ouskirts of the city, by triggering a blast. Besides causing damage to the two concrete sleepers of the track, the blast also smashed window panes of nearby houses but no one was hurt in the incident. The train service in Kashmir, which operates from dawn to dusk only, was started in October 2008 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.