June 28, 2022

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trains cancelled: Agnipath protests: Passengers left in lurch as trains cancelled; air fares undergo roof

Because the Railways have been cancelling over 450 trains on a mean per day over the past three days as a consequence of protests in opposition to the Agnipath scheme, a whole bunch of passengers have been left within the lurch with many unable to avail flights as a consequence of excessive fares. The Railways on Monday mentioned it has cancelled 587 trains because of the agitations. It had cancelled 483 trains on Sunday and 369 trains a day earlier because of the agitations the place protesters set some coaches of trains on hearth.

The worst affected zone remained the Japanese Central Railway which is headquartered at Bihar’s Hajipur and includes Sonpur, Samastipur, Danapur, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, and Dhanbad divisions.

For 38-year-old Neeraj Pandey, it’s a nightmare he’ll always remember. He was scheduled to journey from Ahmedabad in Gujarat to Hajipur by the Ahmedabad-Barauni Specific on Sunday night time. However he obtained a message within the afternoon that the practice was cancelled because of the protests. He was travelling residence to his three youngsters and spouse after a spot of just about two months.

“I work at an MNC in Gandhidham and I travelled to Ahmedabad to catch the practice. Nonetheless, I needed to spend the day in a lodge and run round to get an alternate route residence. Flight tickets have been too costly for me. I’ve 10-day depart, however I’ll lose 4 of these treasured days over these protests,” mentioned Pandey.

Pandey will now journey by practice to Varanasi from the place he hopes to board a practice to Patna.

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“The journey from Ahmedabad to Hajipur would have been for 36 hours whereas the one from Ahmedabad to Varanasi would take me 34 hours after which I must spend five-six hours extra to achieve Patna,” mentioned Pandey.

A cursory search on on-line journey companies corporations like MakeMyTrip and Yatra.com confirmed that the air fares on the routes have been within the “excessive” class. The fare for an Air India flight from New Delhi to Patna for Tuesday was Rs 22,265, whereas the most affordable flight on the route was Rs 8,332.

Equally, a flight from New Delhi to Kolkata was accessible for Rs 10,055 whereas the most affordable flight on the route was Rs 8,112.

An Air India flight from New Delhi to Guwahati was accessible at Rs 29,730 whereas the most affordable one was for Rs 8,552.

A lot of those that have been affected by the protests are college students travelling to seem for a number of aggressive exams scheduled through the week. This was a priority raised by a number of on Twitter.

“When so many trains are getting cancelled then how will college students from distant villages entry their examination centres allotted in distant cities? Kindly look into the matter,” tweeted Harsh Kumar, referring to the engineering entrance examination — JEE Mains — which is scheduled to be held between June 23 and June 29.

Prajukta Roy, one other Twitter consumer was fearful about showing for legislation entrance examination CLAT.

“CLAT 2022 is scheduled on June 19. However because of the protest over Agnipath, individuals are dealing with drawback to achieve the check centres. Roads are jammed and innumerous trains are cancelled,” she tweeted on June 18.

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At Patna railway station, screens with bulletins of cancellations ran by means of the day.

In some circumstances, passengers from areas the place web had been suspended, solely got here to know of cancellations after they reached the station.

Authorities college instructor Rahul Upadhyay, 30, is certain to overlook the primary day of faculty in Darbhanga, Bihar, put up summer time holidays, as he’s caught in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad the place he had come for the vacations.

“The varsity reopens on Tuesday and I’m nonetheless caught right here. I’ll strive my finest to achieve Patna as quickly as potential. The flight ticket fares are too excessive for me,” he mentioned.

Protests have erupted in a number of states since final Wednesday in opposition to the Agnipath scheme to recruit troopers within the Military, the Navy and the Air Pressure for a four-year interval, adopted by obligatory retirement for many with out gratuity and pension advantages.

Offended mobs have focused trains and railway properties of their protests in opposition to the scheme. Coaches of a minimum of three operating trains within the ECR and one empty rake in Kulharia (additionally within the ECR) have been broken by violent protesters. One coach of a stationary practice was additionally broken within the washing line at Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia.