Railway Minister gives directions for extending all possible help to stranded passengers in the wake of floods in Jammu & Kashmir


An aerial view of flood affected areas of Srinagar taken from an IAF helicopter

Railways make special arrangements for transportation of relief material free of charge to the flood affected state

Breaking Tourism News (BTN India)
Indian Railways has geared up his machinery to provide all possible help to the travelling public in the wake of unprecedented flood in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Minister of Railways Mr D.V.Sadananda Gowda has given direction to extend all possible assistance to the stranded passengers and in arranging transportation of relief material through rail.
The Ministry of Railways has decided to transport relief material free of charge by coaching trains to Jammu Tawi and Udhampur from any station of India. The relief material may include items like food, Medicines, Clothes, Building materials, Utensils etc. for free distribution among the flood effected population of Jammu and Kashmir. This arrangement will be available for fifteen days i.e. from September 8, 2014 to September 22, 2014. The relief material has to be consigned to the District Magistrate of the concerned district on production of a certificate from the consignor that the consignment is a gift in kind or has been purchased with the funds donated by public for flood victims and has not been paid for by the Government or any of its agencies. No claim for any loss or damage to consignment carried under this arrangement will be entertained unless it is clearly proved that the loss or damage took place due to wilful negligence on the part of the Railways.
The officers of Firozpur Division of Northern Railway under which the Railway system of Jammu and Kashmir State worked day and night to repair badly damaged track between Jammu-Udhampur-Katra section and ensured restoration of normal railway traffic on this section w.e.f. September 9, 2014. A four member team of senior officers of Firozpur division has also left for Kashmir valley to take stock of the railway track there.
Special train also being run from Jammu Tawi to Indore via New Delhi to clear stranded passengers and extra coaches being kept as a standby for clearing passengers at Jammu Tawi and New Delhi stations as per the requirement.
Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) a PSU of Ministry of Railways has so far made three lakh Rail Neer drinking water bottles available for flood affected people of J&K. In addition 50,000 Rail Neer bottles will be sent every day to the flood affected areas till it is needed. The supplies are being sent mostly through Air Force and some through trains.
Delhi division of Northern Railway has made special arrangements for evacuees from J&K. Under it, exclusive waiting rooms have been earmarked for their use at New Delhi Station. In case of onward journey requirement from New Delhi and any other assistance, passenger can contact Station Manager at his Phone No 9717648892and Deputy Station Manager on 9717631960. Help Desks have also been set up at Jammu, Udhampur and Katra railway stations for the convenience of the passengers. A special help Desk of railways has also been set up at T-3 Terminal Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to guide and facilitate passengers about rail journey.
The situation is being monitored regularly at Railway Board level, Northern Railway Headquarter level and Firozpur Division level.

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