New Delhi6 days agoWriters: Lavkush Mishra
For the last four days, there has been a huge uproar in many parts of the country over the Agneepath scheme. Trains were the most targeted in this. Due to this, there is a possibility of loss of more than one thousand crores including railway property and refund of passengers. Not only this, 12 lakh people had to cancel the journey. 922 Mail Express trains cancelled. 120 mail trains partially cancelled.
One and a half lakh passengers had to leave the train midway. More than 5 lakh PNRs were cancelled. About Rs 70 crore refund was given to passengers. The East Central Railway zone suffered property damage worth Rs 241 crore. The public property which is being targeted indiscriminately by the protesters, has the hard earned money of crores of taxpayers.
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How did the railways suffer?
Many trains were canceled due to the Bharat Bandh called in Patna on Monday in protest against the Agneepath scheme. Passengers wait for the train at Patna Railway Station.
922 Mail Express trains have been canceled across the country in four days. If 3 passengers are considered on one PNR, then a total of more than 5 lakh PNRs have been canceled, on an average, 1200 to 1500 passengers run in each train, due to which the journey of about 12 lakh people was canceled.
Giving an example, the Ministry of Railways said that if the fare of a passenger is considered to be at least Rs 600, then a total refund of Rs 70 crore is being refunded. If you include the fare of AC 3, Second AC and First AC in this, then the refund will be Rs 100 crore. 827 passenger trains were cancelled. 120 Mail Express trains were partially cancelled, forcing about 1.5 lakh passengers to leave the train midway and cancel the journey.
What is the cost of a train?
Mail Express consists of 24 coaches. The engine is worth Rs 12 crore. AC coach is 2.5 crores, sleeper general coach is 2 crores. A train costs 30 crores. In protest, 21 trains were burnt at different places.
UP at the forefront of damage to public property
The protests against the Agneepath scheme have reached 19 states. During this, the maximum damage was done to public property in UP-Bihar. If we look at the 2020 report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there was a decrease of 28% in such cases, but cases increased in 6 states including UP. Uttar Pradesh (2217) tops the number of cases. Tamil Nadu (668) is at number two.
Industrialists also said – violence and nuisance is wrong
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Gaenka, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran and Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw supported the Agneepath project. Said- There are good employment opportunities for the trained youth. Violence and violence is wrong.