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Cut in Railway operations under study

Cut in Railway operations under study

LAHORE: The Pakistan Railways (PR) is considering a proposal seeking curtailment of its passenger trains’ operations on various routes keeping in view the increasing number of coronavirus patients in the country.

The proposal was floated at a recent meeting at the PR’s headquarters presided over by the Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid and the Federal Secretary/PR Board Chairman Dr Habibur Rehman Gilani.

“In the recent meeting, the participants discussed the proposal in detail in view the coronavirus situation in the country, preventive care arrangements at major railway stations, screening of passengers and other issues. Finally, it was decided to seek a report from the PR’s traffic wing regarding the existing operations of around 134 trains, their routes (origin, destination), readjustment, occupancy of passengers and recommendations (if any) to either continue with the operations as usual, curtail them or suspend them partially,” Mr Gilani told Dawn.

“Presently, a team of the PR’s traffic wing is reviewing the operations and it is supposed to submit its report within a week or so,” he added.




He said the team, while compiling its report, would also consider the general trend (increase or decrease) of the coronavirus patients nationally and globally. He said an important meeting on the issue was also scheduled in Islamabad for Wednesday (today).

Gilani said PR teams comprising doctors and officials concerned had started screening of the passengers at all major railway stations besides adopting various other precautionary/preventive care measures. “They have been assigned to separate the suspected passengers with symptoms of flu from others,” the chairman added.

COUNTERS: Lahore City District Administration on Tuesday started establishing handwash counters at several important points in the metropolis. “All assistant commissioners (City, Cantonment, Shalimar, Model Town and Raiwind) have been assigned to establish counters in their respective tehsils,” says a spokesman for the city administration.

Published in Dawn, March 18th, 2020

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