Thar Express may not resume for two more months: Official
Jaipur, Sept 13 (ZEENEWS.COM) The Thar Express train service between India and Pakistan, suspended since August 24 due to flash floods in Rajasthan, might not be resumed for two more months, a railway official said on Tuesday.
The Kewas Station, a key link on the train's route between Jodhpur and Munabao, is still submerged under 10 to 12 feet of water and government agencies may need three to four weeks to remove the water, S B Gandhi, chief public relations officer of North Western Railway told mediapersons.
The restoration of tracks after the removal of the water would take three more weeks or even longer, he said.
"It cannot be said exactly when the train service would be resumed, but it might take at least two more months," Gandhi said.
Kewas was among the areas hit hardest by the flash floods in Barmer district on August 21-22.
The North Western Railway, which operates the Thar Express, has already restored the Barmer-Munabao section of the tracks.
The general manager of North Western Railway has inspected the Kewas Station and said the railways would cooperate with government agencies to remove the water and restore the rail route.
Pakistan and India have an agreement to operate the train alternately. After the first trip of the Thar Express from the Indian side, North Western Railway announced the suspension of the service for a month till September 16 after the flash floods hit Kewas.
The Thar Express runs on the Jodhpur-Barmer-Munabao route to Pakistan's Zero Point Station at Khokhrapar.