The Northeast Frontier Railway incurred losses of more than Rs 100 crore due to the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
In a press release, the NF Railway stated that, due to violent agitation by protestors against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in various areas within the jurisdiction of NF Railway which started on December 9, cumulative loss incurred by NF Railway crossed Rs 100 crore till December 30.
“NF Railway not only incurred losses due to damages caused to railway properties but also due to cancellations of passenger trains as well as goods carrying trains to and from NF zone to other zones. The damages caused include burning down of railway stations, damages to railway track, level crossing gates, burning of important communication and other electronic gears,” said in the release.
Total damages caused to railway properties in divisions like Tinsukia, Katihar, Lumding, Rangiya is about Rs 10 crore. The loss incurred in originating earnings due to loss in passenger earnings is about Rs 30.13 crore, the loss in freight earnings is about Rs 63.42 crore while the loss in parcel earnings is about Rs 5.05 crore from December 9 till December 30.
The release also stated that, during this period, about 38.86 lakh passenger could not take up their journey in NF Railway due to cancellations of trains.
While NF Railway immediately swung into action to restore train services after improvement in law and order situation by introducing manual train operations in some affected portions, the damages caused in other sections are still being repaired.