LAHORE: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Saturday said the government was implementing the policy of continued lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, he said the decision of resumption of train operation would be taken on 10th of the next month and if the lockdown was lifted earlier, the trains would be started within 24 hours.
The railways minister said fifteen trains had been reserved for booking fifty percent passengers.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said disinfection gates were being manufactured in railways workshop by railways engineers.
He said 300-bed quarantine train hospital had reached Chaman and thermal gates had been shipped there.
He said the Pakistan Railways was facing a loss of five billion rupees a month due to lockdown.
On April 19, a special train of 30 coaches had departed from Lahore to Chaman. The train had two medical coaches for dealing with any emergency arising out of coronavirus on the way.
12,000 rupees each and ration bags were given to Railways coolies on as well.
Pakistan Railways contributed Rs50 million to the novel coronavirus fund (COVID-19) for PM Imran Khan.