The Sindh government has announced the restoration of public transport and other transport services in the provincial capital Karachi.
After successful negotiations between the Sindh government and the transporters, the government allowed the resumption of the Karachi-based transport.
The Transport Minister also set up a Monitoring and Inspection Committee for the implementation of SOPs comprising of Transport and Revenue Officers.
The Transport Minister said that all transporters would have to comply with the relevant SOPs and if the SOPs were not complied with, the vehicles would be stopped.
He warned transporters that extra passengers would not be picked up in all vehicles.
He said that we all have to fight against coronavirus, whatever happens, will be in the interest of the people of Karachi.
He said that masks and sanitizers would be mandatory in passenger vehicles and action would be taken against those vehicles which did not have masks and sanitizers.
Owais Shah said that Sindh government would issue notification by tonight.
However, he said that transport from one city to another would remain closed.
Online transport services
The Sindh government also allowed an online taxi service operating in the city, saying only two people would be allowed to sit in it.
He said that in case of an emergency, one more person could be seated in the taxi.
He also said that the online bus service would be allowed to operate but the air-conditioning in the bus would not be allowed.
Lockdown in Sindh
Sindh Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah has said that the Sindh government has decided to implement the decision of the federal government.
Addressing a press conference in the Sindh Assembly along with provincial ministers Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Owais Shah and Shabir Bijarani, he said, “A meeting was held yesterday under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister in which all the provincial chief ministers were present.
He said that the lockdown time in Sindh will be kept till 7 pm while there will be complete lockdown on Saturday and Sunday. However, necessary shops including medical stores will remain open.
Note that the Sindh government had yesterday extended the lockdown period till June 30 and extended the working hours by two hours.
Cases of coronavirus are increasing day by day in Sindh and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that 1439 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours in the province bringing the total number to 31,086.
He said that 23 people had died in the last 24 hours which brought the total number of deaths to 526 while at present there were 358 patients in critical condition.