Coronavirus: Train service suspended in Kashmir

Srinagar: Train service was on Thursday suspended as a precautionary measure to curtail spread of coronavirus till March 31.

The development comes hours after a woman was tested positive for Coronavirus in Srinagar, making here the first person to be infected by the disease in Kashmir valley, where public transport has been suspended.

“We have suspended all the trains running into the valley after an advisory was received from the divisional administration and police,” official sources told UNI.

They said the railway department is acting on the advice of local administration since safety and security of the passengers was of utmost importance.

Therefore, they said no train will run on the Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla line on the north Kashmir track from Thursday till March 31. Similarly, they said train services will also remain suspended on the Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund line in south Kashmir to Banihal in the Jammu region.

Train service has become very popular in Kashmir valley as it is economical, safe and fast against other modes of transport available to the people.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed since early Thursday morning to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Srinagar. J&K administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal on Wednesday said first positive case was detected from Khanyar, Srinagar. “History of foreign travel. Arrived on 16/3/2020. Put in Isolation. Surveillance started in 300m area. Request all to cooperate. Also Immediately self report any symptoms,” Mr Kansal wrote on twitter.