Darjeeling MP Raju Bista today inspected the ongoing progress of the National Highway 717A accompanied by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd officials.
Farmers seeking a hike in sugarcane prices blocked rail tracks and a national highway in Jalandhar today, impacting the movement of trains and vehicular traffic.
According to railway officials of the Ferozepur division, as many as 50 trains have been cancelled, while 54 have either been diverted or short-terminated.
Scores of farmers had on Friday launched an agitation for an indefinite period to press the Punjab government to accept their demands related to pending dues of sugarcane and hike in cane prices.
They refused today to lift the blockade till their demands were met.
Emergency vehicles have, however, been allowed to ply, they added.
Protesters have blocked the Jalandhar-Phagwara stretch of the national highway near Dhanowali village of Jalandhar district.
The blockade affected traffic to and from Jalandhar, Amritsar, and Pathankot, though the administration diverted traffic through some alternative routes.
Farmers sitting on the Jalandhar-Chaheru section have blocked the Ludhiana-Amritsar and the Ludhiana-Jammu rail tracks in Jalandhar, affecting several trains, including the Amritsar-New Delhi (02030) and the Amritsar-New Delhi Shane-e-Punjab (04068).
They are demanding that the Punjab government raise the state assured price (SAP) of sugarcane and clear payment of arrears to the tune of ₹ 200-250 crore.