On Saturday, the Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rasheed announced that the reservation offices that were shut earlier as part of the preventive steps to control the spread of the virus are being reopened now across Pakistan.
He said while he was addressing a news conference at the headquarters of Pakistan Railways that the decision has been made as many passengers remained unable to access the online booking system.
Answering one of the questions, he said that the train fares were reduced earlier by 10 percent and the railways would further be decreasing the fares by 10 percent as there has been a reduction in the fuel prices.
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The Minister said that the SOPs linked to COVID-19 were being followed strictly in trains and at the railway stations.
He said that the divisional superintendents have been told to ensure maximum revenue collection.
He said that the department was revising the train schedule for the facilitation of more citizens throughout the nation.
He also added that the trains which are presently operational have been permitted to make a stop at 13 more railway stations where the number of passengers is much more.
He further said that no train would be permitted to operate with less than 17 coaches. This is being followed to facilitate more passengers as the seats occupancy will remain at sixty percent.