Partial train service resumes across Pakistan
Rashid, addressing a
press conference, 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." "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," Rashid said.
The resumption of train
operations was announced by Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad
on Monday who said Prime Minister Imran Khan had permitted to partially resume
train service from Wednesday on the condition that the SOPs were adhered to as
the country battles the novel coronavirus. During the first phase of resumption
of operations, 30 trains will begin their journey from the provinces.
The first train departed
from Rawalpindi from Karachi at 6am, followed by one to Lahore at 7am. The
third train departed from Lahore for Rawalpindi at 7:30am. Nisar said that only
60% of the passengers will fill a train, while 40% will remain empty.
"The passengers will
wear masks and the railways officials will provide them with sanitisers during
the journey," added the DS. For a first-time violation of an SOP, there
will be a fine of Rs500 while for the second time there will be a fine of
Rs1000, he said. Upon a third-time violation, the passenger will be off-loaded,