Punjab struggles for essentials amid suspension of goods trains -Kanchan Vasdev

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published Published on Nov 6, 2020   modified Modified on Nov 7, 2020

-The Indian Express

Thermal plants shut down, leading to power cuts, raw material supply cut off to industry, movement of food grains hit

Chandigarh: SUSPENSION OF railway traffic to Punjab since September 24 amid the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s farm laws has left the state gasping for power, fertilisers and raw material for industry and gunny bags for paddy procurement, besides bringing to a halt the movement of food grains and cotton to other states.

The unprecedented blockade has dealt a heavy blow to the industry, with the hosiery industry alone set to suffer a loss of Rs 8,500 crore. Steel units in Mandi Gobindgarh are also gasping for breath, with the largest unit already shut down.

Questioning the rationale behind the Centre’s refusal to allow trains to ply in Punjab, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said, “The decision is obstructing movement of essential supplies not just in Punjab, which has run out of coal and power, storage for foodgrains and fertiliser, but also to other states, including the armed forces in Ladakh and Kashmir.”

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The Indian Express, 6 November, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/punjab-struggles-for-essentials-amid-suspension-of-goods-trains-6980980/?fbclid=IwAR2WEyj_A9uHRHIdUR_96oaunN4AsaOObKmoMK7FNK2RbEpC7ylK0Swl0SI

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