SIALKOT - The local people urged the Pakistan Railways chairman to restart suspended train service from Chak Amro, Narowal.
Local notables Muhammad Ishaq, Rana Ameer Khan, Hassan Nizami, Nasir Mehmood, Saqib and Ghulam Murtaza told the newsmen that as many as six to eight trains were used to operating from Chak Amro railway station a few years ago.
Now, the train service had been closed due to which thousands of local people had been facing difficulties in travelling and transporting their luggage.
They said that the PR staff was still deputed there despite the closure of all the trains and getting their regular monthly salaries while sitting idle there.
They said that precious PR properties adjacent the station were presenting a horrible look, as these buildings now have also become a safer place for the addicts and the other criminals as well.
They alleged that no action had yet been taken by administration against the addicts and by police against the criminals despite the repeated appeals made to the higher authorities by the local people.
They pointed out that the railway gates of iron have been vanished from the railway station, whil timber mafia has also stolen the trees and woods worth millions of rupees.
This railway track has been enjoying historical and defensive importance in the region even before the partition of Indo-Pakistan and after the creation of Pakistan as well.
It had also been an important trade centre in the region comprising Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by transporting goods from Chak Amro to Gurdaspur, Khatoya, Heera Nagar and other places of Kashmir.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 13-Jul-2011 here.