NFR incurs losses over Rs 100 cr during CAA protests

ITANAGAR, Dec 31: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has incurred losses of over Rs 100 crore due to the violent agitations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in various areas within the jurisdiction of the NFR till 30 December, 2019.
“The NFR not only incurred losses due to damages caused to railway property but also due to cancellations of passenger trains, as well as goods carrying trains to and from the NF zone to other zones,” the NFR’s chief PRO informed in a release.
The damages caused include burning down of railway stations, damages to railway tracks and level-crossing gates, and burning of important communication and other electronic gears.
The total damages caused to railway properties in divisions like Tinsukia, Katihar, Lumding and Rangiya is about Rs 10 crore, the NFR said. “The loss incurred in originating earnings due to loss in passenger earnings is about Rs 30.13 crore; the loss in freight earnings is about Rs 63.42 crore, while the loss in parcel earnings is about Rs 5.05 crore from 9 December till 30 December, 2019,” it said.
During this period, about 38.86 lakh passengers could undertake journeys with the NFR due to cancellations of trains.
The NFR said that, while it “swung immediately into action” to restore train services following improvement in the law and order situation by introducing manual train operations in some affected portions, the damages caused in other sections are still being repaired.