On Saturday, the Railways said that it received information from the Punjab government that the farmers are vacating tracks. This is for resuming operations of freight trains and passenger trains. So train services will soon be restored in the state. Hours before this, farmers protesting against the agricultural laws of the centre had agreed to resume operations of train services.
Sources indicated that freight trains and passenger trains would resume operations from Tuesday. The Railway Ministry tweeted, “Railways have received information from the Punjab government to resume operations of goods trains and passenger trains. It has also been told that the tracks are now empty for the trains to operate.” “After completing the necessary maintenance checks and other protocols, the Railways will take steps to restore train services in Punjab at the earliest,” the ministry said.
Earlier, farmer organizations protesting against the agriculture laws of the Centre had decided to lift the blockade for passenger trains for 15 days starting Monday. However, they said that if the government failed to resolve their issues, they would block it again. Since September 24, when farmers started the Rail Roko movement against agricultural laws, train services remain suspended in Punjab.