Train service has partially resumed all across Pakistan. They were suspended for two months amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad announced the resumption of train services. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has allowed the partial resumption of train services. The condition on which they are allowed to resume services is that if the SOPs are followed.
In a press conference, Rashid said, “No one will be allowed inside the stations without having a ticket. Nearly 7,000 police officers have been deployed at [the stations in] Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Quetta and an emergency has been imposed.”
Adding, “If the situation [of the coronavirus pandemic] remains stable during the current month, then all train services will be resumed across the country from June 1.”
30 trains will being their operations in the first phase. The first train will leave Rawalpindi from Karachi at 6am. Then a train will leave for Lahore at 7am and another will depart for Rawalpindi from Lahore at 7:30am.
Standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been issued by the Ministry of Railways for all those travelling from trains.
Deputy Superintendent of Railways Amir Nisar said, “The passengers will wear masks and the railways’ officials will provide them with sanitizers during the journey.”