Pakistan Railways is to resume operations from Wednesday, as per the announcement made by the federal minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.
While addressing a press conference, the minister for Railways said that PM Khan has given approval to operate 30 trains from the 20th of May. The minister has said that all the SOPs would be implemented during the train operation.
Sheikh Rasheed said that action would be taken against the regional superintendent if the SOPs are violated. He also said that the Pakistan Railways will be operating more trains from the 1st of June, if the COVID-19 situation in the country improves.
The minister announced that the ticket prices would also be decreased by 50 to 60 per cent, even the decision will lead to a loss to the ministry. Sheikh Rasheed thanked PM Khan for restoring the train operations.
Previously, Sheikh Rasheed asked PM Khan to give approval to resume the passenger train service in the country from Monday.
The minister pledged that if the train services would not be resumed, the ministry of Railways would have to refund Rs.240 million of advance bookings to the passengers. He assured that if the permission of operating the trains would not be granted then the payments would be refunded.