India: Jat agitation: Rail, road traffic to Rajasthan also hit, schools closed in Delhi

Anuja Jaiswal, Times of India

Notwithstanding the call for withdrawal of Jat reservation agitation in Haryana, traffic, both rail and bus, remained affected from UP for the second consecutive day, as nearly 300 trains, passing through Western UP, and hundreds of buses were cancelled, stranding thousands of passengers. Services to Rajasthan were also affected with the agitation spreading there.

| TNN | Feb 22, 2016, 08.30 PM IST

People from Jat community block the rail track near Sonipat railway station in Haryana

AGRA: Notwithstanding the call for withdrawal of Jat reservation agitation in Haryana, traffic, both rail and bus, remained affected from UP for the second consecutive day, as nearly 300 trains, passing through Western UP, and hundreds of buses were cancelled, stranding thousands of passengers. Services to Rajasthan were also affected with the agitation spreading there.

According to rail officials, several trains to Rajasthan were also cancelled on Monday and they included Jaipur-Allahabad Express (12404), Ajmer-Sealdah express (12988), Agra fort -Jaipur Shatabdi (12036), Ajmer-Agra Fort Intercity Express (12196). Trains on Bharatpur and Mathura routes were also cancelled.

In Agra, protestors blocked rail track near Bichpuri bringing rail traffic to a standstill. According to information over 200 protestors squatted on the rail tracks for nearly an hour. However, the police later removed them.

Indian security forces secure the Munak canal, which supplies a reported 60% of Delhi’s water  AFP

Indian soldiers secure the Munak canadal which supplies water to Delhi

Over 125 buses on the Mathura Faridabad Road were cancelled on Monday, besides services being suspended to Rasjasthan later in the day.

Talking to TOI Roadways Regional Manager (RM), Agra Mandal, SK Sharma admitted that large numbers of travelers were stranded at bus stops, with no other alternatives available. He said 125 buses, which go via Mathura and Faridabad, were cancelled, besides suspension of services on Jaipur routes from this afternoon.

He said about 20 buses from their depots were stuck in Jaipur as road traffic had been there too because of the agitation.

Categories: India, The Muslim Times

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