Sheikh Rashid says 10 more trains to resume operations from June 1

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Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Friday that from June 1, around 10 additional passenger trains will begin operations.

The federal minister was speaking to Geo News, where he said that a total of 40 out of 142 passenger trains will become operational from the start of the next month.

The minister said that the trains will follow the already-decided Standard Operating Procedures for the course of their journey.

Rashid said that to facilitate the passengers, booking offices will remain open, besides the online booking option.

The federal minister showed gratitude towards Prime Minister Imran Khan for allowing 40 trains to operate.

“Due to the closure of train service, the railways ministry was facing a loss of Rs5 billion per month,” said the minister.

The train services resumed operations partially from May 20 across the country. The Ministry of Railways had also issued the SOPs for passengers.

According to the SOPs, only 60% 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.

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. A passenger will be off-loaded for a third-time violation.

During the first phase of resumption of operations, 30 trains began their journey from the provinces.

Earlier in May, Rashid said Prime Minister Imran Khan has given the permission to partially resume train services on the condition that the SOPs were adhered to as the country battles the novel coronavirus.

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