Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana farmers are continuously protesting against the centre’s farm laws. Rail-Roko agitation by farmers has resulted in causing major power crisis in Punjab. It has affected the the supply of coal with which, two of the three private thermal power plants have stopped operations.
Goods train services had earlier resumed in the state after farmer unions on October 21 announced exempting them from their weeks-old 'rail roko' agitation over the Centre's new farm laws. The railways began running goods trains on October 22, but decided to suspend them on October 23 after some farmers blocked their movement. The suspension in the state was extended up to October 29. Punjab is buying power from the central grid. Nearly all industries, are facing dearth of raw materials because of the non-operation of goods trains.
The farmers have made it clear that the railway tracks have been emptied for movement of goods trains but passenger trains will not be allowed to run on them. Significantly, Punjab government has called for a meeting with the Kisan Majdar Sangharsh Committee to discuss the situation on October 30.