Minister for Railway Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that he can order trains to resume operations by Tuesday but “waiting for Imran Khan to say yes first”.
Sheikh Rasheed, while speaking to media, said that if the decision to operate trails not taken by Tuesday, it will not be possible for the ministry to make people observe SOPs.
He announced that ticket prices will also be reduced by 50-60 per cent once trains resume operations, even though the move will land the ministry in a loss.
He also stressed that the resumption of Pakistan Railways operation is important to facilitate the passengers on Eid-ul-Fitr.
The minister also added that if the train operation was not restored, we will hand back 240 million rupees of advance booking to the passengers.
Yesterday, Sheikh Rasheed has appealed Prime Minister Imran Khan to allow resuming train operations from Monday.
He warned that after Monday, Railway authorities will not be able to control the rush at railways stations across the country because of Eid, adding that people have already booked tickets worth of 240 million rupees.
“We have already made bookings of more than Rs2.4 billion and people have been constantly asking us when the service will resume,” Rasheed said.
“If we are not allowed, we will have to return the money to them,” he said. “The Railways has been in a deficit for more than two months and we are scared of a default,” the Railway Minister warned.
He said that railways have not any other means of income source these days and it is suffering from economic crisis.
He added that Pakistan Railways is on worst economic condition which is not good.