India, Oct. 18 -- Union minister Jitendra Singh has appealed to the opposition including the Congress party to allow trains to pass through to Katra in Jammu to facilitate devotees' visiting the holy Vaishno Devi shrine during the ongoing Navratri festival.

Railway tracks in Punjab have been blocked by farmer groups supported by political parties like the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal in protest against three agriculture laws passed by the Parliament.

Singh underlined that pilgrimage is a religious and sentimental issue for the devotees and all parties should respect it.

He further said that the railway ministry on October 15 announced special trains to Katra in view of anticipated rush to the holy Hindu shrine on the occasion o...