All provinces reject suggestion of railways minister to resume train service
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) meeting on Wednesday rejected the suggestion of railways minister to partially resume train service from May 10. According to details, the chief ministers of all four provinces have rejected the recommendation of resuming the train operation partially. The proposal was put forward by Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed in the NCOC meeting held in Islamabad with Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Asad Umar in the chair. Earlier, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, Pakistan Railways has suspended all passenger train services till March 31. According to a notification issued on Tuesday, the train operations will be suspended form today 12am till March 31. Pakistan Railways announced that passengers who have advance booking on suspended trains will be accommodated in other trains of their choice on priority once the train service is resumed. In case of not availing ticket, they will get full refund after resumption of train operations. A session under federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed took place via video link on Tuesday, following which the notification was issued regarding the suspendion of trains. According to an earlier official notification, the suspension was to come into effect from 12 am today, however, it was taken back as soon as it was issued. The disease caused by the virus, COVID-19, has claimed six lives and infected more than 800 people across the country as the authorities kick into action to stop its transmission.