Indian Railways has cancelled 27 trains due to farmers' agitation in Punjab's Firozpur railway division, news. The report comes just hours after sugarcane farmers blocked highway, railway track in Jalandhar, demanding clearance of their dues. The farmers' agitation in Punjab over sugarcane prices entered its fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, impacting rail services and road traffic.
However, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is scheduled to hold meeting farmer leaders over the sugarcane issue and clearance of dues. The indefinite stir was started by the farmers in Jaladhar on Friday, who are sitting on key highway stretches and train tracks. The last meeting on Monday to a final call on the new state assured price (SAP) for the sugarcane crop remained inconclusive. On Tuesday, the officials in the Ferozepur division said that they had to cancel and divert a number of trains due to the ongoing agitation.
On Monday, 63 trains were affected due to the protest. 27 seven of these were cancelled, while 11 were diverted and 25 were short-terminated. Railway officials in the Ferozepur division said a refund of 53.65 lakh has been given to 12,300 passengers for the cancellation of trains so far. Meanwhile, a group of officials and experts, including Punjab's Commissioner (Agriculture) Balwinder Singh Sidhu and two economists of Punjab Agricultural University, on Monday held a meeting with farmer leaders at Jalandhar and heard them over the cost of sugarcane production.