Ahead of Eid ul Fitr, Pakistan Railways has partially resumed train operations with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
As per details, Pakistan Railways has started limited train operation across the country from Wednesday with 15 up and 15 down trains facilitating passengers during Eid-ul-Fitr,
Subak Kharam was the first train from Lahore to depart for Rawalpindi at 06:30 AM today and Pakistan Express from Rawalpindi to Karachi. Railcar left for Lahore from Rawalpindi.
Train operation from Karachi was resumed by Awam Express which departed for Peshawar at 10 AM.
According to the reports, Schedule of other trains is as follows:
Tezgam from Karachi to Rawalpindi: 06:00 PM
Green Line Express from Islamabad to Karachi: 03:00 AM (Thursday)
Pak Business from Karachi to Lahore: 04:00 PM (Thursday)
Pak Business from Lahore to Karachi: 04:30 PM (Thursday)
Jaffar Express from Quetta to Peshawar: 09:00 AM (Thursday)
All precautionary measures have been taken at railway stations. Furthermore, the administration has announced that tickets can only be reserved online. Booking offices remain closed as per standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Some of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for train operations include; Passengers are requested to maintain a reasonable distance from each other. Travel with minimal people in an emergency. Train booking will be through online ticketing only. Offices will be closed. Booking will be closed after 60% occupancy. Sanitizer walk-through gates will be installed at various stations. Passengers will be allowed to enter the station one hour before the departure of the train.
Earlier on Tuesday this week, Federal Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that he will personally supervise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for train operations. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the ministry is operating trains on loss just to facilitate the people on Eid. Railways is not a profit making organization, it is for the convenience of the people, 60% tickets have been reduced, no more concessions will be given, more trains will be added to Peshawar if needed, three trains are running from Peshawar.