Trains likely to start chugging from tomorrow: Sh Rashid
Sindh transport minister says provincial govt not consulted
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has expressed hope that train operations across the country would resume from Wednesday, saying that the move cannot be delayed as people stuck in different cities due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown are desperate to return to their hometowns to celebrate Eid with their families.
Addressing a news conference, the railways minister said the final decision regarding resumption of train operations would be taken after a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday.
The minister expressed his apprehension that if the train operations were not restored on time, Pakistan Railways would not be able to control the rush at railway stations across the country ahead of Eidul Fitr. “Train operations will resume after opening of the Karachi track.”
Rashid said that people had made advance bookings worth Rs240 million because of Eid and were constantly in contact with the railways for the resumption of train service. “If the train service is not restored, the railways will have to refund the payments.”
He said the railways was already under severe financial crisis and if the same situation continues, it would put extra burden on the department.
He said the people who had booked tickets in advance would be given priority as soon as the train services resumed in the country.
Meanwhile, Sindh Transport Minister Syed Awais Qadir Shah said that the Sindh government was not consulted before the announcement of partial resumption of train services across the country.
"We [Sindh government] were not taken into confidence," Shah was quoted as saying.
Shah said that the provincial government was not against the resumption of train services provided that all SOPs were strictly adhered to.