The Northeast Frontier Railway has incurred a loss of over Rs 100 crores due to the violent agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in various areas within its jurisdiction till December 30, 2019.
A press release from the NFR stated it 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 the Northeast 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.
Total damages caused to railway properties in divisions like Tinsukia, Katihar, Lumding, Rangiya is about Rs 10 crores.
The loss incurred in originating earnings due to loss in passenger earnings is about Rs. 30.13 crores; the loss in freight earnings is about Rs. 63.42 crores while the loss in parcel earnings is about Rs. 5.05 crores from December 9 till 30, 2019.
During this period, about 38.86 lakh passenger could not take up their journey in NF Railway due to cancellations of trains.
While NFRailway 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, it was added.