Samjhauta Express service resume; to carry just 12 passengers

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After calling off the operations of The Samjhauta Express on 28th February by Pakistan, it allowed the services to be resumed on Monday the 4th March.

The train is scheduled to function between Lahore to Delhi, days after its suspension of the services due to tense bilateral ties.

The train departs on every Monday and Thursday from Lahore.The train operates from Delhi on every Wednesday and Sunday.

India cancelled the operations of Samjhauta Express on February 28.

Samjhauta Express or the peace train is a bi-weekly train that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays between Delhi and Atari in India and Lahore in Pakistan respectively. The train comprises of six-sleeper coaches and an AC-tier coach. The train departs from Old Delhi Railway station at 11.10 pm on two days within a week.

It is named as the Hindi word for “agreement”, it comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach.The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations.

Samjhauta Express generally records an occupancy of around 70%. But, following the Pulwama attack , the bookings have drastically fallen.

Earlier on Thursday the 28th February, Pakistan suspended the services of ‘Samjhuata Express’ amidst the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan. Pakistan’s decision to pause Samjhauta Express came days after IAF carried out surprise Air Strikes across LOC destroying Balakot Terror Launch Pads.

Pakistan’s action to put a halt on Samjhauta Express came a day after Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday announced that India has no plan to suspend the Train Service.

Following Pakistan’s order, India too cancelled the service of the train on 28th February.

However, as of now, India announced the resumption of Samjhauta Express from 3rd March.

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