Loss from Maoist attacks at over Rs 1k cr: Railways

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Sep 15 2010, 04:40am hrs
On a day when railway officials are busy repairing tracks blown up by the Maoists in Jharkhand during a 48-hour bandh, Rail Bhavan officials said that the revenue loss from Maoist attacks so far is well over Rs 500 crore.

During March this year we had estimated a revenue loss to the tune of Rs 500 crore from the Maoist attacks. Till date the loss is much more than Rs 1,000 crore, said a Rail Bhavan official.

We are putting together a detailed list of losses from attacks on rail tracks. We will be able to assess the exact amount of damage done by the Maoists by then, he said.

What is more worrying is the fact that railways is losing out in the competition with the road transport sector. Industries are shifting towards transporting via roadways as their deliveries are delayed by attacks on rail tracks, the official said.

Recently, railway minister Mamata Banerjee had said that Maoist attacks have led to 217 disruptions in the train movement according to her 75 bandhs called by Maoists have led to more than 400 cancellations.

Meanwhile, Maoist rebels blew up rail tracks in Jharkhands Giridih district early Monday which in turn affected more than 30 trains on the day.

While three Rajdhani Express were cancelled, long-distance passenger trains like Kalka Mail, Neelanchal Express, Chambal Express were stopped at different places.