SOPs in trains, railway stations to be implemented strictly: Minister

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SOPs in trains, railway stations to be implemented strictly: Minister

LAHORE,(APP):Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said on Saturday

that no comprise would be made on the violation of Standard

Operating Procedures (SOPs) against coronavirus in trains

and at railway stations.

Addressing a press conference here at Pakistan Railways

headquarters, he said that all divisional superintendents had

been directed that implementation on SOPs was their responsibility.

He said the PR was reviewing trains schedule to facilitate more

citizens across the country, adding already operating trains

were being allowed to make stopover at 13 more railway

stations where the number of rail passengers was much more.

He announced to attach one more passenger coach with each

train of 40 trains being operated by the railways and said that

no train would be allowed to run with less than 17 coaches to

facilitate more passengers by keeping committed occupancy

of 60 per cent.

He said that earlier, it was decided to restore 10 more trains

but after observing the COVID-19 situation in the country, the

decision was postponed for a month.

The minister also announced to open all current reservation

and booking offices across the country and said the decision

was taken after demand by rail passengers who were unable

to use online system of booking.

He said that all divisional superintendents had been directed

to ensure maximum recovery of tickets and collection of revenue.

To a question, the minister said that earlier, the railways had reduced

fare by 10 per cent and now again the PR was going to reduce its

fare by 10 per cent due to decrease in fuel prices .

Talking about the politics, he criticised the opposition and said that

there was no role of opposition in the politics of the country as the

leadership of opposition was struggling to protect their corruption

and facing cases in the National Accountability Bureau ( NAB) Courts.

He reiterated that Prime Minister Imran was committed not spare any

looter of national exchequer, and expressed his hope that soon the

forensic report of the flour scam would be presented to the cabinet

meeting.

To a question, he said the government would follow the verdict of the

Supreme Court on Pakistan Steel Mills, adding that no decision had

yet been made to sack any employee of Steel Mills.

To another question, he said that India should avoid any misadventure,

otherwise, there would be no option for Pakistan to give a befitting

response, which would be the last war.