The Western Railway has announced route changes for several long-distance trains travelling between Mumbai and Punjab. This has been done keeping the ongoing farmers agitation in the northern state, and the latest circular pertains to special trains departing on January 28 and 29.
"Passengers kindly take note. Due to Kisan agitation in Punjab, train movement has been affected and hence, few trains of Western Rly, have been affected," the WR handle tweeted on Friday morning.
According to the circular released, several trains have been diverted. This includes:
1). Train No. 02903 Mumbai Central - Amritsar Special departed on 28"January, 2021 will be diverted via Beas - Tarn Taran - Amritsar instead of Beas - Jandiala - Amritsar.
2). Train No. 02904 Amritsar - Mumbai Central Special journey commencing on 29' January, 2021 will be diverted via Amritsar - Tarn Taran - Beas instead of Amritsar - Jandiala - Beas.
3). Train No. 02925 Bandra Terminus - Amritsar Special journey commencing on 29th January, 2021 will be diverted via Beas - Tarn Taran - Amritsar instead of Beas - Jandiala - Amritsar.
4). Train No. 02926 Amritsar — Bandra Terminus Special journey commencing on 29" January, 2021 will be diverted via Amritsar - Tarn Taran - Beas instead of Amritsar - Jandiala - Beas.
Late in November 2020 thousands of farmers began travelling towards Delhi, from various parts of the country. Demanding the repeal of three recently passed farm laws, they have remained on the outskirts of the national capital for over two months. Many of the agitators hail from Punjab, and they have continued a parallel agitation of sorts in their home state. Over the last two months, farmers in Punjab have held protests, taken part in rail roko efforts and so on.