Coronavirus: Pakistan Railways bearing a loss of Rs1 billion every week

06:58 PM | 8 Apr, 2020
Coronavirus: Pakistan Railways bearing a loss of Rs1 billion every week
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ISLAMABAD – Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Wednesday said that Pakistan Railways was bearing loss of Rs 1 billion weekly due to coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital, the minister said that around 165,000 passengers travelled in trains towards different parts of the country from Karachi.

Sheikh Rashid said that Pakistan Railways had converted all the railway stations into quarantine centers and installed special quarantine gates at the stations.

He said that Pakistan Railways would partially restore operation of the passenger trains after getting permission of Prime Minister Imran Khan if the situation of coronavirus would become better till April 14.

The minister said that Pakistan Railways was operating as many as 142 passenger trains across the country and all the trains operation were suspended after coronavirus in the country on the directions of prime minister.

Sheikh said that Pakistan Railways also focusing on the welfare of Coolies and they would get Rs 12,000 relief package by sending their identity card on given number by the government.

He said that Pakistan Railways had decided to seal its Mughalpura Workshop Lahore till April 12 as an outsider had visited the premises tested positive for coronavirus.

He added that Pakistan Railways would pay salaries and pension to its employees on time. He said that freight trains were operating in the country as per schedule and action would be taken on traveling through freight trains.

The minister said the maintenance and repair work of all the coaches and locomotives was completed during the suspension of train operation in the county.

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